Red Stripe pulls plug on Premier League
Montego Bay United chairman Orville Powell's insistence that money owed to his club be paid, has led to sponsor Red Stripe pulling the plug on broadcast coverage of the Premier League.
"Red Stripe wishes to advise that, due to ongoing issues within the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA), the company has decided to discontinue broadcast coverage of Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) matches until further notice," a late evening release from the sponsor stated on Thursday.
"We will resume regular broadcast coverage as soon as the PLCA has provided assurances that they have come to a complete resolution. Red Stripe remains committed to the league and will continue to support and promote local football," the release added.
Meanwhile, maintaining his stance in a story first brought to light by Star Sports, Powell, whose team played their first quarter final at Arnett Gardens without the Red Stripe logo on their shirts, has stood his ground, demanding payment from the PLCA.
"The league and sponsor have not responded to us about money owed since last year. It seems we don't have any value," Powell said.
He said he was aware his team had breached the rule with regard to not wearing the sponsor's logo.
"I know that there was a breach, but the PLCA and Red Stripe is also breaching our rights. I also understand that I was blamed for kicking sign board, but I was not even in Kingston on that night. The thing is we want the money owed," Powell said.
A meeting was held on Thursday night between the sponsor and the PLCA, at which Red Stripe spoke about ongoing issues with Montego Bay United.
"They were upset about the behaviour of Montego Bay United during the first leg quarter final against Arnett Gardens last Monday night. Firstly, MoBay did not play in their branded jersey, then they kicked on the sign board provided by Red Stripe," said a source.
Meanwhile, PLCA vice-chairman Carvel Stewart said a report has been sent to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) with regards to the sponsor's statement.
"We are awaiting a response from the JFF," Stewart said yesterday afternoon. '"There is no change in the schedule of the games for Sunday and Monday" he added.