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FIFA president mourns James’ passing

first_imgFIFA 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.”DEEPEST CONDOLENCES”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.”last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, October 18

first_img Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, October 18 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Barcelona’s Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 31, has agreed to join Manchester United on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer. (Daily Express) West Brom head coach Alan Irvine has warned potential suitors, including Tottenham, that England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino, 21, is worth more than £15m. (Daily Mail) Galatasary’s Turkey international defender Semih Kaya, 23, will opt for a move to Manchester United over fellow suitors Atletico Madrid. The Spanish club have stepped up their attempts to complete an £8m deal. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United’s Belgian midfielder Adnan Januzaj, 19, is determined to establish himself at the heart of Louis van Gaal’s side despite being marginalised under the new manager. (Daily Mail) New Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon has confirmed he would be interested in raiding old club Celtic to sign Kris Commons. (Daily Record)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Van Dijk would be perfect for Arsenal, claims former Gunners starArsenal and Chelsea target set to sign new Barcelona dealAllardyce ‘concerned’ over West Ham defender’s contract – Liverpool set to pounce?Galatasaray line up fresh bid for wantaway Arsenal starXavi won’t join Lampard and Villa at New York City, insists agentLiverpool target set to snub Premier League interest and sign new Inter Milan dealExclusive – O’Neill backs Keane to become Ireland managerExclusive – Friedel: Redknapp won’t walk away from QPR 1last_img read more