Don't blame us, says JFF
Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator
The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has denied liability for any alleged negligence in the administering of a banned substance by its team doctor, Carlton Fraser, to Reggae Boyz midfielder Jermaine Hue.
It said Fraser was on a frolic of his own at the material time when Hue was injected a certain substance and/or Hue was negligent to allow the doctor to do so.
The JFF also contends that it was Hue's negligence that caused him to be banned by the FIFA disciplinary committee.
The JFF made the statement in court documents in its defence against a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court by Hue against the local body and Dr Carlton Fraser.
Hue is suing for breach of contract and is seeking damages for battery and negligence.
He is also seeking special damages in the amount of US $10,000.
In court documents, Hue is contending that his football career suffered because of his nine-month suspension on September 25, 2013, after testing positive for Dexamethesone, which is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
He says the team doctor injected him with a substance, which later turned out to be on the WADA list of prohibited substances.
However, in the court documents, the JFF says it was Hue's negligence that caused him to be banned by the FIFA disciplinary committee.
The JFF further says Hue failed or neglected to ask Dr Fraser about the nature of the substance being injected into his body.
The JFF also says Hue failed or neglected to complete and submit to FIFA officials the requisite form declaring the presence of the substance and the reason for taking it, in accordance with the FIFA regulations.
The JFF also outlines in the court documents that players are only entitled to the remuneration as set out upon being selected for the squad of a specific match.
It also says the roster of players for games varies from match to match.
JFF further says no player had a guarantee of selection for any match.