BANNED! Reggae Boyz King, Humphrey punished for breaking team's curfew rules

Monday, June 04, 2012

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REGGAE Boyz Marlon King and Chris Humphrey have been suspended from the national team for breaches of the team's disciplinary code of conduct.

Both players, who were roommates at the Hotel El Panama in the Central American country for Friday's friendly international, were deemed to have broken curfew rules the night of the game.

King of English Championship side Birmingham City and Humphrey of Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwell FC are expected to fly home today after returning with the squad to Jamaica from Panama City yesterday.

The Jamaica Observer was able to confirm that the players have accepted the punishment, which embraces Friday's opening CONCACAF World Cup qualifier against Guatemala in Kingston and another four days later in St John's against hosts Antigua and Barbuda.

When reached last evening, team manager Roy Simpson refused comment, only offering that both players were
at the Braco training base in Trelawny.

And last night head coach Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore said he could not speak at the time.

Meanwhile, in a three-paragraph press statement, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) confirmed the incident and the sanction, but did not give details.

"The Jamaica Football Federation wishes to advise that head coach of the National Senior team, Theodore 'Tappa' Whitmore has taken the decision to drop Marlon King and Chris Humphrey from the squad for the first two World Cup Qualifying games for breaking curfew rules," it said.

The statement went further to say that "this decision is consistent with the head coach's zero-tolerance approach for acts of indisci-pline and indiscretion".

King, who came on as a half-time substitute in Friday night's 1-2 loss to Panama in the team's final practice match ahead of the first qualifier, is no stranger to trouble as he was banned during the Crenston Boxhill-led administration for two years during a two-match tour of England in 2006 for similar indiscretions.

The ban was lifted when current JFF boss Captain Horace Burrell returned to the helm in 2007.

Humphrey, a teammate of another Jamaican international Omar Daley at Motherwell, is an England-raised newcomer who debuted last week Sunday in the first-leg encounter against Panama, where the Boyz lost 0-1 at 'The Office'.

He also figured as a second half sub in Friday's game.

And late last evening the JFF issued a 23-man training squad for the two World Cup Qualifiers against Guatemala here on Friday and away to Antigua and Barbuda four days later.

The squad sees the recall of midfielder Jason Morrison and Tremaine Stewart, as well as Lovell Palmer, Errol Stevens and Jermaine
Taylor, who is suspended for Friday's game.

The squad is completed by Donovan Ricketts, Dwayne Miller, Demar Phillips, Xavian Virgo, Nyron Nosworthy, Damion Stewart, Adrian Mariappa, Claude Davis, Rohan Reid, Ewan Grandison, Joel Senior, Keammar Daley, Luton Shelton, Ryan Johnson, Ricardo Fuller, Je-Vaughn Watson, Dane Richards and Rudolph Austin.

Replacements in the 22-man World Cup-qualifying squad are expected.

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