(Jamaica Gleaner) The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is mum on a foul up that could have cost the Reggae Boyz three points and kept their Concacaf World Cup campaign alive.
The Associated Press, yesterday, revealed that FIFA had dismissed a protest filed by the JFF over its 1-1 draw with the United States in a World Cup qualifier on November 16 last year.
In a 34-point, eight-page decision, FIFA’s disciplinary committee said Jamaica failed to notify the match commissioner of the protest and failed to make a payment of 1,000 Swiss francs (then US$1,075) to accompany the protest.
“Two out of the three conditions for a protest to be admissible from a procedural perspective had not been met. As such, the committee stressed that it had no other option but to consider the protest to be inadmissible,” FIFA said in a decision dated November 23, signed by director of FIFA judicial bodies Carlos Schneider on January 3 and obtained by The Associated Press.
Jamaica said Costa Rican referee Juan Gabriel Calderón improperly failed to call a hand ball in the first half when Reggae Boyz claimed Chris Richards should have been penalised for a ball that struck him in the penalty area.
Jamaica also said Damion Lowe should have been credited with a goal in the 84th minute when he leapt above Walker Zimmerman at the top of the 6-yard box and headed Leon Bailey’s corner kick to the left of US goalkeeper Zack Steffen. Calderón cited Lowe for infringement and disallowed the goal.
FIFA’s disciplinary committee said “JFF failed to provide a copy of its original protest to the match commissioner, nor evidence that said protest had been submitted in writing to the latter within two hours of the match.”
When asked for a response to the revelation, JFF general secretary, Dalton Wint, said he was in a meeting and that he knew nothing of the details in the dismissal of the appeal.
The same story came from head of the JFF Technical Committee, Rudolph Speid. He too said he could not comment on the issue because he was not armed with any information on the matter.