Beckford to ap­peal six-month ban by JFF

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

PRES­I­DENT OF the St Ann Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Danny Beckford was ex­pected to for­mu­late a letter last night to ap­peal a six-month sus­pen­sion, which was yes­ter­day slapped on him by the Ja­maica Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (JFF).

“I re­ceived an of­fi­cial letter from the JFF’s gen­eral sec­re­tary Ray­mond Grant that I am sus­pended (as a mem­ber of the JFF board of di­rec­tors) for six months ef­fec­tive last Mon­day morn­ing,” Beckford told The Gleaner last night.

“Now, I will for­mu­late a letter of ap­peal and send it out. I will do it tonight (last night) as I have 48 hours on re­ceipt of the letter to do so,” Beckford added.

The sus­pen­sion, which started as of Mon­day at mid­night as stated by the JFF’s doc­u­ment, was is­sued be­cause Beckford sent a letter to JFF pres­i­dent Cap­tain Ho­race Bur­rell, ask­ing him to step down from the post.

Beckford was given 24 hours to apol­o­gise to the JFF boss for the con­tents of his letter fol­low­ing a board meet­ing on Sun­day at the JFF’s of­fices in New Kingston.


How­ever, af­ter fail­ing to do so, the JFF handed down the pun­ish­ment that will see Beckford be­ing barred from all foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties un­til May 2017.

In his letter ad­dressed to Bur­rell and copied to the en­tire JFF Board, Beckford de­manded: “Hav­ing been asked what is the opin­ion on the way for­ward for our foot­ball, the first move is for you as the pres­i­dent and the gen­eral sec­re­tary to leave the foot­ball ad­min­is­tra­tion ASAP so that the proper way for ad­min­is­ter­ing our foot­ball can now prop­erly move apace.”

In his letter, Beckford blamed Bur­rell for what he de­scribed as a re­gres­sion in the state of af­fairs in lo­cal foot­ball, while also crit­i­cis­ing his lead­er­ship style.


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