Ricketts hits out on skin bleaching
Michael Ricketts, president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), has hit out on the growing culture of skin bleaching by Jamaican footballers.
The issue of skin bleaching recently came to light in heightened discussion over Reggae Boyz star striker Darren Mattocks, one of Jamaica's scorers in the just concluded Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States, whose complexion has dramatically changed in the past year.
Ricketts told STAR Sports yesterday that his federation does not condone the practice of skin bleaching because it is not good for one's health.
"I would not support something like bleaching because it is quite unprofessional and from a Jamaican blackman standpoint, I don't know why people bleach," said Ricketts.
"It is quite unhealthy and It is not something I like and it is something that I will not support," he said.
The JFF boss pointed out that his federation does not have a policy to prevent players entering into the national team from bleaching their skin.
"We would rather have players who do not bleach, but the JFF does not have a policy to say that we will exclude players that bleach," said Ricketts.
"We would rather them not bleach because it seems quite unprofessional. But I don't think there is a policy that says that they cannot bleach," he said.
"Coaches and team managers have their own perspective that will deal with skin bleaching differently, but I don't think there is a JFF policy to deal with bleaching," he said.
Ricketts added the he has seen the pictures as well as the comments about Mattocks on social and so he will be asking the Reggae Boyz team manager Roy Simpson to address the matter.
"I will ask the manager to address it. I have seen the comments on social media and it is quite comical," Ricketts stated.