Zone Blitz: Are you frustrated by the Leon Bailey saga?

By Lance Whittaker and George Davis October 09, 2018

Rumours have once again surfaced that Bundesliga star Leon Bailey could be in line to represent Jamaica's national team.  The same old dispute between the player's agent and Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) could once again prove a stumbling block.

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    Footage posted on social media appeared to show a section of the club's supporters taunting away fans by using a derogatory term about the Pakistani community.

    The FA launched an investigation into the incident and confirmed on Thursday the Championship side have now been charged.

    "Millwall FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20," said an FA statement.

    "It is alleged the club failed to ensure its spectators conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and refrained from using abusive and/or insulting words, which included a reference to race and/or ethnic origin, during the FA Cup tie against Everton on January 26."

    Following the game, which Millwall won 3-2 to stay on course for a quarter-final at home to Brighton and Hove Albion, the club condemned the alleged racist abuse as "abhorrent".

    "Millwall Football Club is aware of, and extremely disappointed by, a video circulating online displaying alleged racist chanting during Saturday's victory over Everton," a Millwall statement read.

    "The club will, as is commonplace following such incidents, work with all relevant authorities during investigations into the matter and look to identify individuals involved. Anyone identified and guilty of such abuse will be banned from The Den for life."

    Before the match, Everton fan Jay Burns was attacked and suffered a facial gash that required 25 stitches.

    Police arrested and bailed a 27-year-old man on suspicion of wounding with intent, attempted grievous bodily harm and violent disorder.

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    Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford in December, with the former United favourite taking the reins on an interim basis until the end of the season.

    And the Norwegian's return to Manchester has prompted a huge upturn in the club's fortunes, as United have lost just once - against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League - during his short reign.

    He will face a stern test against Liverpool on Sunday but has the backing of his opposite number, who recognises the progress made under Solskjaer.

    "We are not magicians. It's not like we can come in and say: 'You are good but I can make you really good'," Klopp told Sky Sports. "We are blessed with really good players around us.

    "Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is doing a brilliant job. It's all about bringing out the potential, bringing out the team's quality. That's what he's obviously done and it makes him the manager of a top club.

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    Barca secured the Ajax star in a €86million deal in January, with De Jong set to join his new team-mates at Camp Nou at the end of this season.

    And the midfielder is especially looking forward to lining up alongside Messi, who he considers to be the best player in the history of the sport.

    "I am excited [to play with Messi], I'm looking forward to it," the 21-year-old told Barcelona's official website. "In my opinion, he is the greatest player ever.

    "It's difficult to define him. I think he is the most complete player. He can do everything with the ball and without, he creates a lot of chances, his left foot is amazing and he's so smart, just from another level."

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