ensure transparency and accountability in staging of the prestigious Digicel
Cup rugby league competition
Isapea chairman Jacob Ivaroa, pictured, claimed
that the Isapea were cheated out of victory in last Sunday’s match against the
Mt Hagen Eagles.
Ivaroa claimed the Isapea had won the game 12-10 after 80
minutes but the time-keeper allowed the game to go on for an extra 10 minutes
which saw the homeside score a 14-12 win.
“I am disgusted that people are
doing everything under the sun to spoil the game,” a disappointed chairman
Ivaroa said his franchise had been the victim of alleged foul-play by
officials – refereeing, and now the time-keeping.
“Its not a fair
The Gulf team has no home games this season because of the
unavailability of a ground in Port Moresby. Ivaroa said he had registered a
complaint with Digicel Cup chief executive officer Hubert Warupi and the
chairman of judiciary committee David Silovo.
Isapea management protested to
Silovo who also witnessed the incident.
Ivaroa also alleged other instances
of foul-play on his players that was apparently ignored by the
Ivaroa said the competition was losing its credibility and
professionalism with these types of incidents happening regularly.