Grenada football coach suspended for four matches

St. George’s (Grenada), Aug 9 (IANS) World football governing body FIFA has suspended Grenada men’s national football coach Anthony Modeste for four games and fined $10,000 for misconduct against match officials.

FIFA’s disciplinary committee, comprising of Claudio Sulser of Switzerland as chairman and members Jim Shaw of Northern Ireland, Ariel Alvarado of Panama and Cristian Varela of Chile, handed down its decision on July 23. The ruling was communicated to the Grenada Football Association (GFA) this week, reports CMC.

Modeste is accused of breaching the FIFA’s disciplinary code by committing an unsporting conduct towards a match official during their World Cup preliminary round game against Puerto Rico in June.

According to FIFA, Modeste, who received a red card during the first-leg preliminary game against Puerto Rico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup on June 12, will miss Grenada’s third round qualifying games against Haiti next month.

FIFA said the automatic match suspension was already served when Grenada played Puerto Rico on June 16 in St. George’s. As Grenada has qualified for the next round of the preliminary competition, Modeste will be served two match suspensions against Haiti on September 4 and 8.

The governing body said the remaining match suspension will have to be served if Grenada qualifies for the fourth round of the competition.

However, if Grenada does not qualify for the subsequent round of the preliminary competition of the FIFA World Cup 2018, the remaining match suspension will be carried over to Grenada’s next official match.

Modeste was also fined $9,000 in application of the ruling and $1,000 for the proceedings. He has 30 days from the date of notification of the decision to pay the fine.

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