Stand up for U-17 Haitian soccer team, unfairly ousted from CONCACAF tournament in Jamaica
  • Petitioned Sepp Blatter

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President of FIFA
Sepp Blatter
President of CONCACAF
Jack Warner
Minister of Jamaica Youth, Sports, and Culture
Olivia Grange
Prime Minister of Jamaica
Bruce Golding

Stand up for U-17 Haitian soccer team, unfairly ousted from CONCACAF tournament in Jamaica

    1. Petition by

      Nadeve Menard

      Delmas, Haiti

The U-17 Haitian soccer team arrived in Jamaica on February 3, 2011 to participate in the qualifying matches for the World Cup. They played their first match on Monday, February 14th. After two players fell ill and sought medical treatment, Jamaican officials decided to quarantine and eventually eject the entire Haitian delegation. 

According to Jamaica's Ministry of Health, several members of the Haitian team displayed symptoms of malaria. The Ministry therefore recommended that the team not participate in the tournament and return to Haiti.  However, only two cases of malaria within the Haitian delegation have been confirmed. Furthermore, malaria is not spread through person-to-person contact, but, rather, is transmitted by mosquito. 

As recounted by Yves Jean-Bart, the Haitian delegation, the majority of which was comprised of the adolescent players, was ostracized and humiliated by Jamaican authorities. Several members of of the team were sequestered in a sub-par medical facility, with no access to food or water for several hours. Armed escorts were used to take the entire team back to the hotel. Security guards were placed in front of their hotel room doors to ensure that they did not leave until an airplane was available to fly them back to Haiti. They were thus forced to disqualify from the tournament and forfeit a spot in the upcoming World Cup. 

Such behavior is not acceptable and a violation of the delegation's human rights, as well as a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They were not accused of any crime or of being in the country illegally. Please join us in demanding that Jamaican authorities apologize to the Haitian delegation and the Republic of Haiti. We also ask that Jamaica not be allowed to host any further Concacaf or FIFA games until such apology is issued. 

Recent signatures


    1. Nadeve Menard
      Petition Organizer

      An article from on where the situation stands now:

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Nadeve Menard
      Petition Organizer

      The U-17 team and their coaches met with the Haitian President and the Minister of Sports yesterday. The President and Minister both spoke with Sepp Blatter, President of FIFA about the possibility of the U17 team participating in the final phase of the World Cup. Meanwhile, we're still awaiting what will come out of the meeting between Haitian and Jamaican officials in Jamaica.

    4. Reached 500 signatures
    5. Nadeve Menard
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for all your support. I just got back from the march from Place de Dessalines in Port-au-Prince to the Caricom offices in Musseau. There were hundreds of people walking with our U-17 team. It's a beautiful day to be Haitian!

    6. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Chris Provost NY, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I am Jamaican with Hatian roots. Something is missing from the details told to the public. Was the person who made this decision a qualified medical professional? Was there some hidden agenda put forward to suggest that the team might be carrying the feared cholera which was taken to Haiti by foreign forces? We live in a continent of islands, we are one people though divided by politics and money . . . Apology and reinstatement and let us be assured as someone else has written "no weapon formed against these our children of the Antilles shall prosper".

    • Darby Bazile CORAL SPRINGS, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      I am a Haitian with Jamaican roots. What a shame!

    • Elides Charleston ADELPHI, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Words cannot Express my disust The vis-à-vis the Jamaican authorities. They have Clearly shown The World Their lack of Conpetence in handleling this Matter.

    • Richardson Etienne MIAMI, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Se jenes la ki pou pran peyi l an men. jenes leve kanpe...

      • over 3 years ago

      The Jamaican Misery..I mean.. Ministry of Health has has got to get over their ignorancy of other people of the Caribbean who they "think" are "inferior" to them.


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