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​Apologise to refs ... ISSA tells Jamaica College officials after 'abuse' at match

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 2:16 PM
Dr Walton Small was returned as President of the Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association.

The Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) has instructed that the involved Jamaica College (JC) officials issue an apology to match officials following reports of verbal abuse in the aftermath of the contentious ISSA/Flow Super Cup semi-final between JC and Kingston College at Sabina Park on November 18. 

According to referee Leon Brown's match report, two JC officials hurled verbal abuse at the officiating crew following his decision to disallow a last minute free-kick goal by JC striker Tyreke Magee. The player's shot flew untouched into the KC net to give what appeared to be an equalising goal for the Dark Blues, who were trailing 0-2 at one point. 

However, Brown had clearly indicated that the kick should have been an indirect free-kick, meaning that another player should have touched the ball before it went into the back of the net for it to be considered legitimate. 

With JC eventually losing the contest 2-1, the match officials were met with abuse and missiles from several JC supporters after the final whistle, with a number of players and officials from the bench also demonstrating vociferous protest. Two officials from the school were identified in the match report and accused of verbally abusing the referee and his team.

"After careful consideration of the above incident, the impression that was created by the protest of the officials from Jamaica College at the ISSA/FLOW Super Cup match at Sabina Park on Saturday November 18, 2017 is that the authority of match officials is not final. This is totally unacceptable," read ISSA's release to the media. 

"The Inter Secondary Schools Sports Association requires that the involved team officials apologise in writing to the match officials and ensure that in the future, their protestations are not as such that the authority of the match officials is undermined and competitions run by us are not tainted by such behaviour," the release continued. 

"Jamaica College is being implored to underscore to it stakeholders its commitment to acceptance of the final authority of match officials and the importance of maintaining good judgment at all times through ISSA run competitions in which they are involved."