Blake defends CIFA transfer decisions as criticism mounts

Acting Cayman Islands Football Association President Bruce Blake defends CIFA’s handling of transfers after mounting criticism from at least one coach.

Cayman Athletic’s Gillie Seymour over the past few weeks has voiced his displeasure with CIFA coaches not following protocol in the transfer process. He since has said he’s unhappy that CIFA seems to be allowing clubs to get away with not following the rules, as it as approved transfers he says should have been denied.

Blake in response has said CIFA tries to meet with all parties involved to resolve disputes but, at the end of the day, there’s only so much CIFA can do.

“Our players are amateur players,” Blake said. “And I’ve also discussed this with FIFA legal again. With amateur players you can’t prevent a transfer because amateurs are supposed to be able to move from one club to the next.”

CIFA does put restrictions on how many incoming and outgoing transfers a club can have during any one open transfer window, which is three.

“But if a person wants to transfer and a club hasn’t transferred out three players then basically you have to allow it,” Blake said. “But the reason why we meet with the clubs if there’s a dispute is because we don’t want anyone leaving with bad feelings or for there to be any animosity.”

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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