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JFF probes Schafer - Reggae Boyz coach relieved of responsibilities 'with immediate effect'

Published:Wednesday | September 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) relieved the senior men's national team head coach, Winfried Schafer, of his responsibilities following an incident where he allegedly unplugged a TVJ cameraman's cable during an interview with Reggae Boyz team manager Roy Simpson.

In a response to the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) sent yesterday afternoon, a release from the JFF's general secretary, Raymond Grant, stated: "The Jamaica Football Federation has launched an immediate investigation into the matter. As a result, coach Winfried Schafer has been relieved of his coaching responsibilities with immediate effect, pending the outcome of our investigations."

As a result, his position was filled for Jamaica's last semi-final-round CONCACAF World Cup assignment against Haiti at the National Stadium last night by Miguel Coley, the team's assistant coach.

The PAJ had sent a letter to the JFF, dated September 5, outlining its disappointment with the behaviour of Schafer

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

It is reported that Schafer 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 had consented to an interview with the television station.

The PAJ, through its president, Dionne Jackson Miller, said "The PAJ regards this interference with the work of a media professional as unjustifiable, and quite frankly, totally out of order.

"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 interaction with the press," the release further stated.




When pressed further as to the time line of their investigations and whether further action would be taken against Schafer, a JFF representative offered: "Acting on the advice of our legal team, we will not say anything further until the investigation is concluded."

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.