King refutes Jamaica claims
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Reports that Marlon King was axed by Jamaica have been refuted by his club and agent.
Marlon King's representative has refuted suggestions that his charge was thrown out of the Jamaican training camp ahead of their friendly with England.
Jamaica released a statement saying King has been sent home for a breach of discipline and the Federation's president Crenston Boxhill accused the Watford striker of being 'unapologetic'.
However, Tony Finnigan has now vehemently denied the claims made by The Reggae Boyz and states that King merely decided to walk away from the situation.
"After speaking with Marlon - who was more than happy to represent Jamaica - he left the camp of his own free will, it was his decision and he was not sent home," he told skysports.com.
"He decided to leave the camp because the unprofessional way that it was run.
"There was a non-footballing issue for which Marlon immediately apologised, but on the back of that he has decided to go on holiday and wishes Jamaica all the success.
"He is proud to play and if selected again will do without any question, but because of the unprofessional set-up at present he decided after a long hard season his time was best served by going on holiday."
Watford also insist that King decided to leave the training camp and was not axed.
"Watford can confirm that striker Marlon King has voluntarily left the Jamaican national team training camp," said a club statement.
"The Hornets striker was dissatisfied with the organisation and practice conditions provided by the Jamaican Football Federation - concerns he has previously expressed to the management.
"After a fantastic long season, culminating in promotion ten days ago, Marlon is now looking forward to going on a much-needed holiday with his family and then concentrating on life in the Premier League with Watford.
"He is happy to donate any match fee he would have received from the Jamaican Football Federation to a charity of their choosing in his homeland."