Reno facing Tier Two sanctions

June 21, 2022

Former national champions Reno will likely face sanctions when the Westmoreland Football Association (FA) disciplinary committee meets next meet on the Frome club's failure to take up participation in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Tier Two competition, which started recently.

Westmoreland FA President Everton Tomlinson said they did all they could to assist the club in partaking in the competition and that Reno's inability to prepare a team is embarrassing.

"It is a concern now that we will not be participating in the Tier Two competition, as a result of Reno's failure to prepare," Tomlinson said. "The association and its executive are currently dealing with that matter.

"The error was made and I think it is unforgivable to go without sanctions. It is embarrassing. The FA had done everything to assist them to follow on instructions to them.

"So I believe we have to take some drastic action. From where I sit with the FA, I think there has to be sanctions and in short order the FA will release a public statement on the matter."

The date for the next disciplinary meeting is not yet confirmed, but Tomlinson said that as soon as a date has been identified, they will communicate with the club.

"The chairman will forward the date to me when they can meet, and I soon as I get that, I will forward it to the club," Tomlinson said.

But Tomlinson said the administration is well aware of Reno's importance to football in the parish and that all things will be taken into consideration when the disciplinary committee meets.

"We don't want to destroy the club or destroy what they represent because they are our pride and joy," he said. "Through the executive and disciplinary committee, we will look at all factors as it relates to Reno because we want to ensure Reno is in a better position to represent us next time around."

Reno was a dominant force in the 1990s, when they won their three Premier League titles (90, 91 and 95). The Westmoreland club has also produced numerous national players including Michael Graham, Mark Wilson, Linval Wilson, Tedroy Jones, Evan Taylor, Caple Donaldson, Donald Hewitt, goalkeeper Aaron Lawrence, and most recently, O'Brian Woodbine.

They were relegated from the Premier League in the 2018-19 season.

STAR Sports contacted Reno President Wendell Downswell about the issue, but multiple messages and calls to his phone went unanswered.

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