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JFF reiterates selection policy amid Leon Bailey controversy

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) has restated its selection policy for players seeking to be a part of national teams, as it seeks to strike a deal with Bayer Leverkusen winger, Jamaican-born Leon Bailey.

JFF issued a statement yesterday, reiterating that the final selection of players for all international fixtures is the responsibility of the respective national coaches and their technical staff.

The statement comes amidst a rift between the federation and Bailey’s representative Craig Butler, over terms and conditions that would see the young star represent Jamaica.

“Players are scouted at the local and international level and depending on the needs of the particular unit as well as the competencies displayed by the player he or she is extended an invitation. The motivation of the federation is to always have the best players representing the country,” JFF said.

“The federation has in place existing policies, code of conduct or contracts for relevant units that guide issues of accommodation; per diem, transportation, match fees, disciplinary matters etc. This is applied across the board to players and staff. There is no room for special negotiations for individual players,” the statement continued.

The federation said it has been spending overtime to put in place cohesive units that will result in good performances on the field.

“Although there is still room for improvement, there is no room for special considerations outside the norm or for any special considerations. Where there are no contracts for some units, guidelines exist in relation to the same matters listed above.”

JFF also said it has an open door policy to any player that, in the assessment of the respective coaching staff, “will add undisputed value to the success of the team/s”.

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