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Coach Schäfer banned by FIFA - Burrell remains positive despite coach's two-game suspension

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp

The Reggae Boyz will have to do without head coach Winfried Schäfer after the German was suspended by FIFA's disciplinary committee, from sitting on the bench for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Panama and Haiti.

However, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell is not expecting any major setbacks, as he threw his support behind the programme's technical staff.

Burrell said that the Reggae Boyz have an experienced technical team in place and remains confident that the continue to work well in Schäfer's absence from the bench.

"The effects should not be felt because the technical team has been together for a long period. I am confident in the other members of the technical staff and they should be able to cope," Burrell told The Gleaner yesterday, following a release from the JFF.


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As a result, Schäfer will miss the Reggae Boyz games against Panama on November 13 in Jamaica and Haiti a few days later.

Schäfer has also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 ($611,302) for a charge of 'unsporting behaviour' against a match official in Jamaica's World Cup qualifier away in Nicaragua on September 8.

Players Lance Laing and Upston Edwards have also been hit with suspension by the world's governing body and will have to sit out four games.

Both players will miss the November games as well as Jamaica matches against Costa Rica on March 25 and 29 next year. Laing and Edwards have also been ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 each. They were charged for using offensive language and gestures against a match official in the same encounter on September 8.

Jamaica won the two-way tie 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the CONCACAF semi-final stage.