Pro League ‘cancels matches’ due to Covid-19 fears, vows to protect players and officials

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The Trinidad and Tobago Pro League has ‘taken the decision to cancel all matches in the League as of this weekend until further notice’ due to concerns over Covid-19.

The decision, according to a press release, was taken to ‘protect its players, technical staff, match commissioners, referees, dedicated media officers and the general public from any continuous spread of the virus’.

Photo: Central FC attacker Sean Bonval (left) slips the ball through the legs of W Connection defender Kurt Frederick during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 3 January 2020.
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Pro League CEO Julia Baptiste issued a statement tonight, on behalf of the local football body.

“We must be responsible as a league,” said Baptiste. “While we are not going to be in a state of panic or pandemonium, we have to be mindful of the multiplier effect of the virus and act in the best interest of all stakeholders and limit its spread as much as possible.”

The fixtures scheduled for this weekend were:

(Friday 13 March)

AC Port of Spain vs Police FC, 6pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

(Sunday 15 March)

Cunupia FC vs Point Fortin Civic, 3.30pm, Larry Gomes Stadium;

Terminix La Horquetta Rangers vs Central FC, 4pm, Phase 2 Recreation;

San Juan Jabloteh vs W Connection, 4pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

M’vt Caledonia Utd vs Defence Force, 6pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Photo: W Connection attacker Nathaniel James (centre) tries to dribble between two Defence Force players during Pro League action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 1 March 2020.
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It is uncertain whether the Pro League will resume at all this season. At present, Defence Force are seven points clear of second placed Terminix La Horquetta Rangers at the top of the 11 team standings with four games left in the season for both clubs.

The Army/Coast Guard combination are chasing their fourth Pro League title in what could be the last season before the TTPL is absorbed into a new three tiered domestic league structure, run by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

The Pro League’s decision to halt action is in keeping with decisions taken by sporting bodies around the country and the globe. Earlier today, the TTFA suspended all national team training sessions for two weeks while Men’s National Senior Team friendlies away to Canada on 27 and 31 March were also cancelled.

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