Reggae Girlz dispute claims by JFF relating to World Cup funds

Two members of the Jamaica girls’s nationwide soccer crew have contradicted the claims made by the Jamaica Soccer Federation (JFF) in October, stating that a number of gamers haven’t obtained their full 2023 World Cup funds.

In an interview with Jamaican TV station SportsMax final Friday, Jamaica’s Captain, ahead Khadija “Bunny” Shaw and goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer disclosed that a number of the Reggae Girlz had been nonetheless awaiting funds from the JFF.

Spencer remarked, “I can say that we haven’t [been fully compensated], even up till now. I believe that quite a lot of gamers are lacking funds courting again to February.”

Assertion contradicts a press launch issued by the JFF

Spencer’s assertion contradicts a press launch issued by the JFF on October 27, the place the federation asserted that it had fully paid its World Cup crew. Jamaica’s historic World Cup journey included a number of firsts for the crew, together with their first level, first win, and first look within the knockout, Spherical of 16 stage.

The JFF said in its launch then, “The Jamaica Soccer Federation is happy to advise that, as dedicated, we’ve now paid in full balances as a result of Girls’s World Cup Staff. We may also begin processing funds to all gamers who performed within the qualifying rounds however weren’t within the remaining World Cup squad.”

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Jamaican gamers have beforehand voiced their issues concerning the JFF, citing poor communication, insufficient help, and inadequate compensation for his or her efforts, amongst different points.

JFF claimed to have paid the ‘full balances’

On June 15, many Reggae Girlz, together with Spencer, posted a letter on social media outlining their grievances towards the JFF. The letter said, “On a number of events, we’ve sat down with the federation to respectfully specific issues ensuing from subpar planning, transportation, lodging, coaching situations, compensation, communication, diet, and accessibility to correct assets. We’ve got additionally confirmed up repeatedly with out receiving contractually agreed-upon compensation. We had been instructed that each one our requests and issues could be resolved in a well timed method.”

Nonetheless, greater than a month after the JFF claimed to have paid the “full balances” owed to the Reggae Girlz, gamers assert that this isn’t the case.

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Shaw expressed her disappointment, saying, “I believe it’s simply very unlucky as a result of it’s not even concerning the cash. I believe it’s about having good communication.”

Spencer believes that the breakdown in communication might be on the core of the problems between the JFF and the ladies’s nationwide crew. She emphasised, “I believe as a bunch of gamers that we deserve honesty and respect in each side. While you’re left with no communication for months or weeks about what’s taking place, it makes it actually tough for a bunch of gamers to need to present up and to need to hold going via this every time if nothing ever modifications. We’re sitting right here on this, and we converse the reality, and we simply want that they might do the identical in return.”

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