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Burrell expresses condolences
The President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, has expressed sincerest sadness at the untimely passing of Terry Alves, member of the technical staff of Clarendon Premier League club Sporting Central Academy.
"I wish to express on behalf of the executive of the JFF our deep sadness to the Alves family, the Clarendon football fraternity and in particular the Sporting Central Football Club," Burrell said in a release yesterday afternoon.
"I know his passing will be deeply felt by the football fraternity as he was a player for years and the incident causing his death occurred immediately following a Premier League game. Please take comfort in his positive contribution and commitment to the sport he dearly loved."
The head of the English Football Association will face no disciplinary action from FIFA after returning a luxury watch given as a World Cup gift, the international governing body said yesterday. FIFA's ethics investigators in September ordered football officials to return 25,000 Swiss franc ($26,600) watches that were given by the Brazilian federation at the pre-World Cup congress in June.
Despite the October deadline to return his watch, English FA chairman, Greg Dyke, planned to give the Parmigiani timepiece to a breast cancer charity. But FIFA announced yesterday that Dyke had returned his watch.
"As a consequence, the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee has decided to close the proceedings in respect of a possible breach of the FIFA code of ethics," FIFA said in a statement.
FIFA is yet to release statements on the return of the other 64 watches.
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC):
Craig Brathwaite, the West Indies opener, says he is quietly confident of doing well against England as the home team
started their preparations for the upcoming three-Test Series. The 22-year-old was speaking as the Win dies started their preparations at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground yesterday.
The Barbados batsman has been in terrific form scoring three centuries in the recently concluded inaugural WICB Professional Cricket League (PCL) and a hard fought century against South Africa in the second Test at Port Elizabeth last year.
"I am obviously looking forward to this home series against England. England is a tough opposition so you know you got to work hard," said Brathwaite, who scored three Test centuries last year.