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Socceroos denied Jamaican tapes

By Maria Hawthorne 07/09/2003 06:41:20 AM Comments (0)

The Socceroos' preparation for Sunday's friendly international against Jamaica has been disrupted by the Reggae Boyz' refusal to let Australia see video tapes of their games.

Agents for the two teams had a furious argument when the tapes were delivered to Australian representatives in front of Jamaican team officials at Reading's Madejski stadium on Friday.

The Jamaican officials, who were at the ground for a technical meeting, seized the package and took it with them.

"They've refused to give them to us," Socceroo coach Frank Farina said.

"They were delivered yesterday and they were confiscated by the Jamaicans. Unfortunately they won't give them to us."

A Soccer Australia spokesman confirmed that there had been a "fairly heated discussion" but said the lack of match tapes was not a major problem.

The Jamaican team made the World Cup in 1998 and is ranked 45th in the FIFA world rankings, 13 places ahead of Australia.

Jamaica's last match was a 5-0 loss to Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last month, while the Socceroos lost 2-1 to Ireland in Dublin three weeks ago.

Striker Mark Viduka said he would be treating the Reggae Boyz with respect.

"I don't know too much about them. They made the World Cup so they must be pretty good," Viduka said.

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