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Schäfer interference ‘unjustifiable, totally out of order’ – PAJ

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AM

The Press Association of Jamaica has expressed disappointment and said it has written to the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) about the behaviour of Reggae Boyz head coach, Winfried Schäfer, who unplugged the cable of a media worker who was conducting an interview with the team's manager, Roy Simpson, following their return from Panama on Saturday.

The incident happened at the Norman Manley International Airport shortly after the team's arrival from Panama, where they were beaten 2-0 by the hosts in a CONCACAF World Cup-qualifying match in Panama City on Friday night.

It is reported that Schäfer denied an interview with Television Jamaica (TVJ) and boarded the team bus.

He then alighted from the bus and proceeded to interrupt the interview with Simpson by unplugging the cable after Simpson consented to an interview with the television station.

"The PAJ regards this interference with the work of a media professional as unjustifiable, and quite frankly, totally out of order," the PAJ said in a release.

"The PAJ has asked the JFF to deal with this matter and to clearly stipulate to the Federation's coaches what constitutes acceptable behaviour in interactions with the press.

Interfering with a media worker's equipment in any way, especially during an ongoing interview, is way over the line," the release added.

The PAJ, through President Dionne Jackson Miller, added that it had never seen this type of behaviour and said it hoped never to see it repeated.

It is not the first time that the German coach has been involved in disciplinary issues. He has been expelled from the Jamaica team bench in recent times after incidents against Nicaragua in World Cup-qualifying and against Venezuela in the Copa America championship.