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Dear Editor: Arima Municipal Police disrespected Malabar’s young footballers and the Borough

“[…] The evident disrespect of the Arima Municipal Police was one for the books last Thursday as they came with a mission to clearly obstruct young men with talent, living in communities with no respect for the police. 

“What do we expect after such incidents? […]”

The following slightly edited Letter to the Editor on the intervention by the Arima Municipal Police, who prematurely ended a NLCL U-19 Community Cup fixture at the Arima Velodrome on Thursday 5 May, was submitted by D Daniel of Malabar:

Photo: Malabar Young Stars forward Jorel Grant leads the charge for his team during NLCL U-19 Community Cup action against Soccer Made Simple at the Arima Velodrome on 5 May 2022.
Grant scored twice on the night but his double was overshadowed by the Arima Municipal Police.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Wired868)

I happened to be present at that unfortunate incident at the Arima Velodrome last Thursday night, when the police decided to end a football match prematurely. The Arima Municipal Police (AMP) disrespected the Chief Executive Officer and Council by taking instructions from a ‘junior’ senior administrator at the Corporation without consulting the heads.

The move seemed like the emotional foray of a jilted lover—either the police or the ill-fated Admin—who would take their marbles if they couldn’t have their way or come to an amicable decision.

The evident disrespect of the AMP was one for the books last Thursday as they came with a mission to clearly obstruct young men with talent, living in communities with no respect for the police. What do we expect after such incidents? Would young men in Malabar continue to treat the AMP with the respect it deserves?

It is my understanding that the Council tried its very best to facilitate the tournament and this premature climax has really thrown a cold blanket on the sport of football at the Velodrome. Only the people of Arima and environs will suffer.

Photo: Malabar Young Stars coach Yunus Abdullah (left, crouching) talks to his players during the halftime interval of an NLCL U-19 Community Cup fixture against Trendsetter Hawks at the Eddie Hart Ground in Tacarigua on 1 May 2022.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/ Wired868)

Sport is as ticklish as politics is. Even the article published by this news site spoke about the Member of Parliament for D’Abadie/O’Meara, the Honourable Lisa Morris-Julian, writing to the CEO of the Corporation. This is probably a sticky note or love letter because the MP surely won’t be taken seriously without passing through whoever leads the Council now. She ought to know better!

In closing, the Arima Borough Council and all stakeholders need to come together for the future and benefit of the people of the Borough of Arima. The Velodrome is only one of a few gems left for use by the people of Arima as everything else has taken flight from Arima, including basic services.

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  1. Rightfully True. Politics has no place in sport.
    Clearly the ABC is looking to play the blame game. This issue stems from the September 2021 issue where Councillor Brennon Patterson, our goodly selected Mayor and other members of council sat in caucus and decided to bully the Malabar Young Stars organization, destroying a structure without consultation because of Mr Patterson’s inflated ego and his need to manipulate situations.
    Ultimately Malabar Young Stars FC will continue to showcase the sporting talent within our community while these petty individuals try to satisfy their ego.
    Patriotism over pettiness.