Leon Bailey accuses JFF of corruption, talks up failed Bayern move in revealing interview

Reggae Boyz star also talked about his time at Aston Villa, the Manning Cup and much more

Leon Bailey celebrates after scoring a goal for Aston Villa.

Reggae Boyz and Aston Villa star, Leon Bailey, leaves no stone unturned as he rocks the football world with corruption allegations against the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), revelations about a failed move to Bayern Munich and more in an explosive interview.

Bailey appeared on Jaii Frais’ podcast, Let’s Be Honest, where he spoke on his long-standing tension with the JFF. According to the forward, the federation consistently looked down on him ever since he was a child. Furthermore, many in the JFF still can’t see eye to eye with him despite representing Jamaica’s national team since 2019. “A lot of people don’t know seh from me about eight or nine me a get fight from the Jamaica federation. Top man inna the federation, till this day today cyaa look inna me eye,” he said. “Them even try block me from going to Europe. The man dem link embassy and dem thing deh, fi nuh mek me get visa. The last time me guh Europe a Cuba me affi fly to and get me visa, enuh.”

Additionally, Bailey rubbished speculation regarding his delayed declaration to play for Jamaica. He denied opting against playing for the country because he wanted some say in the national team setup. “Even if me reach the level of Cristiano Ronaldo…you will never have control,” he said “It was never about control for me. Jamaica’s system is just too corrupt. Mi just want our country to move forward as a nation.”

The JFF published a rebuttal to Bailey’s claims on Wednesday. General Secretary, Dennis Chung, issued a press release expressing his disappointment with the comments. “It is quite unfortunate that these comments were made and in such a public manner. We had hoped we had arrived at a place where any disagreements are handled internally,” the statement read. “It is also unfortunate that Leon has felt this way about the JFF, especially while playing for the Jamaica national team and not expressing it.”

Along with his JFF barbs, Bailey also revealed he closed in on a move to record German Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich. Then starring at Leverkusen, Bayern wanted him after an impressive first full season in the league. They eyed him as a successor to legendary Dutch winger, Arjen Robben. “Mi cudda go Bayern. Bayern come ah mi house fi sign paperwork and all,” he said. “Dem did want me fi replace Robben and Leverkusen never wah sell. Dem ah seh the next year ago be our year and dem want me inna dem team. Suh dat neva gwaan.”

The 25-year-old winger also said he could have left Aston Villa after an injury-riddled 2021/22 season. But, Bailey wanted to prove his critics wrong and has already scored more league goals this season (3) than the last campaign. Two of those goals were against the two-time defending champions, Manchester City, and Manchester United.

Watch the full sitdown with Leon Bailey and Jaii Frais below.


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