San Juan Jabloteh head coach Terry Fenwick has apologised over his castigation of midfielder Cyrano Glen for a red card picked up during Sunday’s 1-0 victory over River Plate of Puerto Rico in their final Group D match of the CFU Club Championship second round.
Fenwick pushed Glen behind the head in annoyance as his player made his way off the field, after receiving what was deemed an unnecessary direct red card by match referee Courtney Campbell, reducing the Pro League club to 10-men in the 73rd minute—nine minutes after Jason Marcano scored the lone item of the match at the Larry Gomes Stadium.
“I’ve imposed a fine on myself for castigating Cyrano on his sending off,” said Fenwick who preferred not to divulge the figure of his fine.
Glen picked up the red card following his blatant elbowing of Jorge Alfredo Gonzales in clear view of the referee—after receiving an initial elbow from the River Plate midfielder.
“Cyrano and I are fine," continued the Jabloteh coach. "He’s a nice kid and this incident is out of character. Cyrano knows me too well and he knows how much emphasis I had put on our discipline for this particular game. Having said that, my push was also unnecessary!”
“I’ve apologized to Cyrano for my gesture and he has also apologized for his sending off. For my penance, I will treat my players to lunch sometime over the next couple of weeks.”
Fenwick went on to explain that he prepared his side for three days for their clash against the Puerto Rican powerhouse, even taking the entire team to watch Friday’s clash between River Plate and Alpha United of Guyana.
“We have to understand that I’ve prepared the guys to play against River Plate and the volatile nature of their game. On Friday they lost a player to a red card and their coach (Fabien Zermatten) had to be cautioned a number of times on the sideline,” explained Fenwick.
“Our preparation was on self-control and discipline. It was simple. We tackle them, pick them up, dust them down and go again. And Cyrano didn’t keep that discipline and stuff like that could cost you the game,” said the former England international.
“I would like to thank the fans for the tremendous support they gave us and or the protection they gave my players at the end of the game. I’m sure you will agree, we don’t want to see this again in T&T," ended Fenwick.
Jabloteh advanced to the Final round of the 2010 CFU Club Championship after holding on for the 1-0 victory against the Puerto Rican champions (who ended with eight players after picking up three red cards). River Plate didn’t respond well to the loss and resorted to attacking the Jabloteh players inciting a brawl which had to be quelled by security officials. The matter is currently under investigation by the Caribbean Football Union.
In the meantime, the CFU has announced the Final round venue as the Marvin Lee Stadium in Trinidad on May 5, 7 and 9 as clubs Jabloteh, Joe Public, Puerto Rico Islanders and Bayamon FC seek CONCACAF Champions’ League preliminary round spots.