Progress made to settle impasse between Butler and JFF

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Spencer Darlington

The impasse between the Jamaica Football Federation and Craig Butler as it relates to his son Leon Bailey could be over. This follows a meeting on Tuesday afternoon which Butler described as fruitful. Speaking with RJR Sports after the Tuesday afternoon meeting, butler asserted that both parties can build on what was discussed if everyone holds their side on what was debated at the meeting.

He says the chances of Bailey playing for the Reggae Boyz are now good. "At this point I say a good six (out of 10) right now and it was zero yesterday (Monday) so I think six is good. The JFF that I met today (Tuesday) is not the JFF normally meet. It was a JFF more willing to listen and hear our side and to actually seek a solution”, said Butler.

Butler was asked about the possibility of Bailey turning out for the Reggae Boyz if he (Butler) did not get a role within the JFF.

“We should also be cognizant of the fact that I would not allow Leon or Kyle or any player that I’m in charge of to be exposed without having some form of capacity to help the process,” reiterated Butler.

The JFF sent out a release Tuesday afternoon, saying Bailey will be called to the national team for the upcoming friendly international against against South Korea on January 30, a non-FIFA date, and if confirmed, a home fixture during the March 19-25 FIFA international window.

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