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Ian Forbes, team manager of defending Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)-Flow Manning Cup champions Jamaica College (JC), says there is no truth to claims that his school used an ineligible player in their 3-1 quarter-final elimination win over Wolmer’s Boys last Wednesday.
His defence came after the Wolmer’s management launched an appeal to ISSA, which could see them taking JC’s place in the Manning Cup semi-finals.
Wolmer’s claim that JC used an ineligible player in their recent Manning Cup game.
“It’s total rubbish. We are not careless,” Forbes told The Gleaner.
“It’s total BS. It is total rubbish, baseless, without any foundation, and we have not breached any rule or regulations,” Forbes hit back at the Wolmer’s claim.
The teams have been locked in a tussle since Wolmer’s ousted JC from the Walker Cup semis. JC returned to eliminate the Heroes Circle-based school from the Flow Super Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 blanking.
They also sent Wolmer’s packing from the Manning Cup quarter-finals with a 3-1 drubbing, but the Maroon and gold are crying foul, claiming JC did so unfairly.
“We launched an appeal. We identified an ineligible player from the game. I am trying not to say much right now, but we launched a protest that a player played against us who shouldn’t have played,” said Wolmer’s coach Vassell Reynolds in a telephone interview yesterday.
“It’s a red-card situation, and I will leave it at that. We are hoping that ISSA will rule according to the rules they themselves lay down. No animosity thing, but we just strongly feel that JC breached the rule that ISSA has laid down,” added Reynolds.
He stressed that he is confident Wolmer’s will be reinstated, but Forbes disagrees and remains confident his JC team will continue the defence of their Manning Cup title.
“(There has been) absolutely no foul play from us. JC has to check with ISSA before we do anything. We are not gonna make those mistakes; its foolishness,” Forbes said.
Meanwhile, ISSA’s competitions officer, George Forbes, could not be reached for a comment. His cell phone went straight to voicemail after numerous attempts.
– Shayne Fairman