Jamaica to launch complaint to FIFA over Costa Rica ‘fielding two Covid-positive players against them in World Cup qualifier

Jamaica is expected to file a FIFA protest following allegations that they played against two coronavirus-positive Costa Rican players in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.
Dr. Guyan Arscott, the medical director of the Jamaica Football Federation, told The Jamaica Gleaner that six members of Costa Rica’s traveling party, including two players who faced the Reggae Boyz, tested positive for Covid-19 when they arrived in Jamaica on Tuesday, February 1.
Now, JFF general secretary Dalton Wint has stated that the organization is aware of the problem and will file an official protest with FIFA.’
I don’t know what we can appeal, but I am sure I will be sending something to FIFA to enquire as to why this happened because this is an absolute breach of the rules,’ Wint said.
Arscott added: ‘I can confirm that there were six Costa Ricans that tested [positive for Covid-19]. Three were non-players and three were players.
‘One player was isolated because his test was deemed to be relatively new. We recommended that those two players should be isolated or should not be allowed to play.
‘We had some discussions with the members of the Ministry of Health and we wondered if they had some new infections, having tested negative before they left Costa Rica.
‘Be that as it may, with the positive test, we felt we were duty bound to recommend that they not play,’ Arscott said.
He also claimed the same players had tested positive for the virus a few weeks ago, but had been cleared after completing a period of self-isolation and also producing negative Covid tests.
‘They had tested positive a fortnight or so before.
We were told that they did their quarantine and isolation and tested negative before leaving Costa Rica.
But on arrival in Jamaica they tested positive at our official lab,’ Arscott added.

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