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FIFA president mourns James' passing

Published:Monday | October 10, 2016 | 10:00 AMShayne Fairman
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FIFA president Gianni Infantino has joined the local football fraternity and general public in mourning the tragic passing of St George's College schoolboy footballer Dominic James.

The Jamaica Football Federation's South Central Confederation Chairman Michael Ricketts, while speaking at James' memorial service on Saturday at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, relayed Infantino expression of condolences at the youngster's death.

"President Infantino, who, from as far away as Switzerland, was moved by the news and reality of Dominic's passing," the long-time JFF official outlined.

He was speaking on behalf of JFF President Captain Horace Burrell, who was not well and unable to attend.

"In memory of Dominic James," read the FIFA boss' letter.

"Dear President Burrell, please accept my deepest condolences on hearing that Dominic James, a student and captain, has passed away at just 18. Dominic left us too soon and we here at FIFA are truly sorry to hear of his passing."

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"On behalf of members of the international football community, I should be grateful if you could extend our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones.

"We hope that in some way our words of support may help bring a little bit of peace in this time of sadness.

President, FIFA."

Ricketts noted that the letter was received last week from FIFA.

James, who was born on September 26, 1997, was an endearing Manchester United fan, and dedicated footballer from as early as his formative prep-school years.

He attended Jamaica College (JC) and then left for St George's last year, where he won his second FLOW Super Cup.

Owing to him winning successive FLOW Super Cup titles, an MVP award will be named in James' honour.

He wanted to become a professional football player.

James died after being rushed to hospital following his collapse during a Manning Cup match against Excelsior High on September 20 at the Stadium East field.

Ricketts' tribute also paid respect to Dominic's parents David and Denese James, members of the extended James' family and members of the St George's College fraternity.

James, who was also very successful academically and had attained impressive passes in his external examinations, was hailed as a model student.on Saturday. "How could we not celebrate positively, a life which achieved such enviable academic and sporting excellence."