Leon Bailey reneges on Jamaica call-up for a bizarre reason

Leon Bailey’s eagerly-awaited Jamaica debut will have to wait after the Bayer Leverkusen star remarkably refused to play on Sunday.

The international future of the 21-year-old has been a hot topic for some time, and at one point it was even suggested that he would eligible for England .

But having chosen to represent the country of his birth, the forward was all set to make his senior international bow in Sunday’s CONCACAF League of Nations game against Bonaire, only to pull out in a row over his brother.

"Obviously, I came to Jamaica because of the international call-up," he told the Jamaica Gleaner .

"I did agree to come based on the agreement we had. But when I got here, it was a totally different scenario. They didn’t keep their end (of the deal), therefore, I decided not to play this game.

"I am here for one reason: to represent the country. But they didn’t keep their end. Once they are willing to do that, I am ready to put on the national team jersey."

Bailey is believed to be unhappy that the Jamaica Football Federation have gone back on their promise to also call up his younger brother Kyle Butler, instead making him go through a trial first.

The Leverkusen star believes Butler – who recently agreed a move to Austrian first division side LASK for next year – is of a required standard to be called into the squad without a trial.

He says that if his conditions are met prior to Jamaica’s next game against Suriname next month, he will play.

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