Kamen speaks out

The National,Tuesday June 28th, 2016

THE suspended Lae Football Association president Roy Kamen , pictured, is calling for “fair play” after he was booted out of football family for two years by Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Code of Ethics Committee.
Tai Nicholas of OFC, in a letter dated June 22, stated that: “The official, Roy Kamen is hereby banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activities at the national, regional and international level (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of two (2) years from January 2016 in accordance to Article 12 (f) of the OFC Disciplinary Code, and order to pay a fine in the amount of NZD $1000 (K2235) and cost of NZD $2500 (K5587).”
Kamen maintains that his charge is an internal national dispute that should be handled and settled by committee established by PNGFA under its statutes.
He says the deliberation on the alleged violation has been pre-empted because of the action taken by PNGFA in rejecting his nomination of John Kapi Natto as candidate for the position of PNGFA president.
He added that the timing of this disciplinary action and the chronology of events clearly indicated that there was no fair play involved in dealing with the dispute.
“I am only appealing to OFC Ethics Committee to refer the matter back to PNGFA to deal with a such matter under its statutes.”
Kamen who is the administrator of the second largest city in the country, Lae, said if there was no reconsideration then his legal team was prepared to take the matter up in court.
He strongly stressed that he was unfairly tried as everything was pre-empted by PNGFA and the OFC Ethics Committee.
Kamen admitted that the Facebook comment (in reference to the PNGFA president) was made before he was elected president.
“Why has it taken PNGFA and OFC Ethics Committee 12 months to deal with the matter,” Kamen asked.