Arsenal depart

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Jamaica Gleaner

JAMAICA'S football team is "[illegible] on very well," but if the standard of play is to improve, it should be given the opportunity to play in more international matches.

This was the opinion of W. B. Wall, Secretary of the Arsenal Club, who left Jamaica by air yesterday for Curacao. Some members of the team left on Sunday.

Speaking on behalf of his club, he said he could make no comments on the "unfortunate incidents" which occurred Saturday night when Arsenal played Jamaica at the Stadium, and the game was blown off following incidents among players, which sparked off bottle-throwing demonstrations by spectators.

"We had a friendly talk with the Jamaica Football Federation," Wall said, "and until we return to England, where we will make our report to the Football Association, we can say nothing." This report, he added, would be passed on to the International Federation of Football Associations.

"Our stay here was enjoyable," Wall continued, "and if we are invited back by the JFF, we will be happy to come back."

The Jamaican side he said still had a lot to learn and they could get this knowledge by playing more international games.

Before returning to England, Arsenal's team will play matches in Curacao (today), Aruba (tomorrow) and Port-of-Spain (Sunday).