ISLE of Man TT bosses have sent a Chief Sector Marshal packing following a row regarding his comments on social media.
After an emergency meeting was called by the TT Marshals Association, it was decided that the individual was to be removed from his post with immediate effect.
A joint statement issued by ACU Events Ltd and the IOMTT Marshals Association reads:
Following critical comments made on social media by a Chief Sector Marshal, ACU Events Ltd, race organiser of the TT Races and Manx Grand Prix, and the Isle of Man TT Marshals Association had no option but to withdraw the Official from his role.
The TTMA held an emergency Board of Directors meeting to discuss the issue and reached the unanimous decision that the individual’s position as an Official of the races was untenable, supporting ACUE Ltd’s original recommendation.
The individual concerned was given the opportunity to withdraw the comments but declined. The same individual had already been in dispute with the race organisation about the new Safety Management System, introduced to ensure the maximum possible level of safety for competitors and individuals officiating on the TT Mountain Course. It is also considered unacceptable for any individual to undermine such a critical initiative.
Both the TTMA and ACUE, and the Isle of Man Government, remain grateful, and respect the commitment, from the thousands of volunteers who give up their time to officiate at any Motorsport event on the Island. However, any official, particularly one who accepts a senior position within the race organisation, is required to operate in line with protocols commensurate with the role and prestige of the event and to adhere to the ACU National Sporting Code with regard to officiating on the TT Mountain Course.