Butler says Phoenix players may exercise option to represent Malta

Voice of Phoenix Academy president Craig Butler

Outspoken Phoenix Academy president Craig Butler says his players may take up the option of representing other countries rather than Jamaica. Butler has been involved in an ongoing dispute with the Jamaica Football Federation which has led to the likes of Bayer Leverkusen talisman Leon Bailey not playing for the Reggae Boyz.

He revealed that his players could play for Malta if he isn't taken seriously. “If these players are not capped it would not be my fault. You (JFF) had the opportunity to cap them from they were children coming up topping every league. Now you must listen and work with us. While I’m saying that I want to work with you, don’t feel that I don’t have options and don’t feel like there are not options out there,” said Butler who spoke on Hitz 92 FM’s Sports Grill on Friday.

Butler says Bundesliga star Bailey will not be involved in the national set up until due respect is shown to  Phoenix players and other young stars.“I’m not really being stubborn but I’m a businessman. Negotiations must be win win. If Leon plays for Jamaica, JFF wins. We need to win by ensuring that the ignoring of Leon’s and Kyle’s (Butler) talent will never happen again to other young players,” reasoned Butler.


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