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BOYCOTT AVERTED – When the domestic football season starts next month all teams should be accounted for.

The threat of Weymouth Wales and Brittons Hill boycotting the 2013 Barbados Football Association’s Premier League season has been averted.

Barbados TODAYhas learnt that the decision to take part in this year’s top flight competition was reached by both clubs yesterday at a meeting at the Wildey, St. Michael Astroturf that also involved representatives of other BFA premier league clubs and the association.

“It was decided that the season would go ahead as planned,” an official source at the meeting revealed today.

Both Weymouth Wales and Brittons Hill had publicly indicated that they would not take part in this year’s football season after not receiving their winnings from the 2012 competition that saw Wales take the championship and Brittons Hill second spot. Neither of the two clubs received any support from the other premier league teams with their call for a boycott of the season.

Barbados TODAY understands that an agreement was reached where the BFA will pay all prize monies when the association receives funds from FIFA which are due at month-end or early February.

It was also agreed at Sunday’s meeting that a number of improvements were needed before the matches were played. Among these were changing facilities for players and officials as well as a warm-up area for the participating teams. The BFA agreed to the proposals. Another meeting has been scheduled among the parties involved before the start of the season.

This year’s premier league games will be played at the Wildey, St. Michael Astroturf and at the Empire Ground, in Bank Hall at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. and the BFA will provide lighting since neither of the grounds are fitted with lights.

During an earlier meeting the BFA executive explained to its membership that the new administration had taken over the running of football in the island with “little or no funding”.

It was stressed that gate receipts were vital to an improved intake of funds for the BFA during the 2013 season which starts on February 24. (WG)††

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