Haiti withdraws from CONCACAF under-17 tournament because of undisclosed illness

By The Associated Press (CP) – 15 hours ago Feb 17, 2011

The Haitian Football Federation told CONCACAF that it can no longer field a team at the confederation’s Under-17 championships in Montego Bay, Jamaica, because of an illness that has struck members of its squad.

The team said Tuesday night it will return to Haiti as soon as possible. But their departure has been blocked by airline refusal to allow their travel – due to the disease outbreak.

Haiti lost its tournament opener on Monday 3-1 to Costa Rica and was scheduled to face El Salvador on Wednesday. Because of Haiti’s withdrawal, El Salvador will be awarded a 3-0 win.

That match was to be the first of a doubleheader at Jarrett Park.

Canada is also competing at the tournament, but is playing ina different group.

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