FIFA pres­i­dent mourns James’ pass­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Shayne Fair­man Gleaner Writer

FIFA 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.”

“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

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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.”

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