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FOOTBALL: JFF concerned about ISSA's investigation into two Manning Cup matches

Published:Tuesday | November 25, 2014 | 10:28 AM

The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) says it is deeply concerned about the length of time the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) is taking to investigate two high-scoring matches in the Manning Cup competition.

On Wednesday, November 5, in one game at Constant Spring, Jamaica College (JC) mauled Denham Town 16-0, scoring six goals in six minutes added for stoppages.

In the other match, Excelsior High swamped Holy Trinity 12-0 at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Trench Town.

JC and Excelsior ended on seven points apiece.

However, JC advanced to the semi-finals on superior goal difference.

JC went on to retain the Manning Cup title after a 2-1 win against Charlie Smith, last Saturday, at the National Stadium.

JFF president, Captain Horace Burrell, says the association had requested and received the report from ISSA on the investigation into the matter.

However, Captain Burrell says the JFF is deeply concerned and hopes that ISSA continues the probe urgently.

Meanwhile, George Forbes, ISSA’s competitions officer, says the investigations conducted by ISSA personnel did not find evidence of ‘foul play’ in the games.

Forbes further says the investigations are still going on.

An ISSA report submitted to the JFF, dated November 14, found that both losing teams did not play to the ‘best of their ability’.

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