Homosexuality crippling female football - Blaine
Director of football at the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Vinimore 'Vin' Blaine admitted that homosexual behaviour among females in the sport has turned off others from serious involvement.
Blaine, who is one of the island's most successful female football coaches, said that local players who openly display homosexual behaviour particularly at games and in camp have contributed significantly to the lack of growth and support for local female football.
"It is indeed a fact that has been there for the longest time. The difference is that our girls in Jamaica show it up by their behaviour," Blaine told The Gleaner in a recent interview.
He said that while one cannot dictate the lifestyle of female football players, they must behave professionally, particularly when they are around other players and spectators.
"We can't mandate (how anybody lives their life), but when they come to camp, it should just be about football," said Blaine, who is a former national and club female football coach.
He shared that many parents are preventing their daughters from getting involved in the sport because of the homosexual culture and that many talented females have also stayed away from the sport for the same reason.
"Historically, and more so recently, a lot of parents don't want to allow their children to get involved even in the schoolgirl competition," he disclosed.
Blaine insisted that when he was directly involved in coaching female footballers, he did not condone homosexual behaviour on his teams, whether at the club or national levels.
"I always ask of the players to conform to the rules and regulations laid out," he said. "The lifestyle is more highlighted in the Caribbean than in the United States of America or Canada," he added.
Blaine called on the fans of these players to desist from showing up their homosexual behaviour in public.
"The fans of the players create problems as they behave like men," he said.
He also pointed out that the coaches must be firm when dealing with female football players.
"The coaches at the school and club levels have a responsibility to ensure that the girls are educated about their behaviour in order to ensure that their fans don't behave in a certain way."
Elaine Walker-Brown, JFF's chairman for women's football declined to comment.