Leon Bailey suspended by JFF after Copa America snub

Leon Bailey scores for Jamaica against Mexico in the Nations League

The latest saga between Leon Bailey and the Jamaica Football Federation continues as the local football governing body suspends the Reggae Boyz star from selection indefinitely.

The JFF announced the temporary suspension of Bailey on Wednesday following his recent decision to snub a call-up to the 2024 Copa America in the USA. The decision also came following Bailey’s recent comments about the JFF in interviews.

In a statement, the JFF said it “values the contributions of all players and respects their individual decisions regarding national team participation.” The JFF also recommended the matter to the Chairman of the Disciplinary and Ethics Committee, David Watt.

Leon Bailey rejected the Reggae Boyz call-up to the Copa, opting to spend time with his family, prepare for the upcoming English Premier League campaign and host his DripSZN party. Bailey claimed national team duties and behind-the-scenes issues with the JFF drained him. The national setup previously suspended Bailey for missing curfew during the Reggae Boyz’s two-legged tie in the Nations League against Canada.

Jamaica has struggled so far at the 2024 Copa America, losing their first two Group B games to Mexico (1-0) and Ecuador (3-1). Their final group game is on Jun. 30 against Venezuela.


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