'Stephenson not good for Jamaica's football' - Butler

August 05, 2017
Ricketts Brian McCalla/Freelance Photographer Leon Strickland (left) of Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town's Rafeik Thomas (right) pose with Jamaica Football Federation, third vice president Michael Ricketts after they collected their awards for being the joint top scorers (eight goals each) in the second round of the 2014-15 Red Stripe Premier League.

Craig Butler has said former KSAFA boss Stewart Stephenson is no good for the nation's football and will therefore be supporting Michael Ricketts to be the next president of the Jamaica Football Federation.

Ricketts and Stephenson were yesterday announced as the two candidates for the post with the election set for September 16.

Butler, who insisted he withdrew from the race two days prior to the close of nominations after finding it difficult to secure the fourth and final nomination, said that Ricketts is the better choice.

He said Stephenson should retire from football administration, as his (Butler's) sons would not play for the country under his watch.

"I will reiterate it for the millionth time, Stewart Stephenson is not good for Jamaica's football. At this time, I endorse Mike Ricketts for the post of JFF president. Mike is a very affable and decent person. He may not be the most flamboyant or charismatic, and he may not have the contacts I have in Europe, but I think he is the better of the choices," Butler told Star Sports.


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Leon Bailey or Kyle Butler will never be available (to play for Jamaica) if Stephenson becomes president," Butler added.

Both Bailey and Butler ply their trade in Europe. Butler also hinted that he could pull his support from the St Ann FA, after Beckford decided not to nominate him.

"One of the closest people to me (Beckford), I thought would have gone with us chose to nominate himself and that was the only nomination he got. Instead of supporting me who supports him. So, hopefully, Danny will be able to raise sponsorship and get support," he said.

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