JFA claim end to row between manager and referee

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The referee’s letter to the JFA after a friendly match between the Island U21s and St Ouen accused both team managers – Vincenti and Steve Pallett respectively – of failing to control their players, even though the official did not issue any cards during the game.

JFA president Ricky Weir confirmed that actions taken by the JFA have been fully endorsed by the Football Association at Soho Square.

Vincenti, who met FA official Mark Ives and the JFA last week in Jersey, said he was unable to comment on the matter due to his job description.

But former St Ouen manager Steve Pallett, who carried out his threat of resignation after failing to receive an apology from the referee, is still unhappy.

Pallett said: ‘Last week I was told I could meet Mark Ives, but then the FA changed their mind and told me they would not meet Peter Vincenti and me together because it was not in the best interests of the situation.

‘The JFA may think it is done and dusted, but I still have a lot of unanswered questions.

I will be speaking to Mark Ives shortly and hopefully I will get some answers.’ At the time the JFA said they would not be pursuing the matter and deemed it closed because of a lack of evidence to support the accusations.

Vincenti then forwarded a letter of complaint to the FA on a child protection issue, but the FA replied stating that there was no case to answer.

‘We’ve dealt with the matter internally, I’ve had a number of meetings with the executive and I’ve met the manager.

Unfortunately this row reached the public domain, but the matter is now closed and we move on from here.’

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