Referees and PLCA at odds over outstanding payments

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Karen Madden

Three months after the Red Stripe Premier League ended, local match officials are still awaiting their final payment for the season. Their last payment was in January 2019 which means there is now an outstanding balance of $2.32 million from the league alone. The Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) agreed on the outstanding amount but say they were awaiting a $3 million figure promised by JFF president Michael Ricketts in December.

But Ricketts hit back, saying he promised to help, but he did not mention a figure.  However, PLCA General Manager Pat Garel is refuting the statement. With the JFF saying no promise was made, it means the PLCA will now have to find the money.

In total, the referees are owed over $4 million when the Premier League playoffs are added. It's unclear if and when the referees will be paid the outstanding sum before the start of the new season in September.

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