Union urges PSL to stop wage dodgers teams

2011-11-26 20:20

South African Football Players’ Union (Safpu) national organiser Cappy Matutoane has appealed to the Premier Soccer League (PSL) to impose sanctions on all National First Division “serial offenders”.

Matutoane was referring to National First Division clubs with a reputation for defaulting on players’ salaries every season.

He said that players had lodged 38 cases this season alone, excluding pending cases from past seasons.

Most disputes were related to breach of contract and unpaid salaries, and Vodacom League club Hanover Park was one of the defaulters.

The Cape Town-based side, said Matutoane, had started skipping payments in April after being relegated from the National First Division.

He said 14 of their former players had lodged formal cases against the club for outstanding wages.

But Hanover chairman Rieduwaan Anthony said the club had undertaken to pay up.

“We have committed ourselves,” he said.

“We have signed agreements with those players.”

Matutoane also alleged that FC AK had not paid some of their players since the beginning of the season.

But FC AK chief executive officer Joseph Cotty disputed this, saying they had only defaulted on October salaries.

“We’re busy sorting it out and will pay soon,” Cotty said.

“The union must not come with malicious accusations.”

But Matutoane said: “I’m not happy with the way the PSL is handling the FC AK matter.”

He said the Eldorado Park side had failed to pay outstanding amounts owed dating back to last season, despite an instruction to do so by the PSL.
Matutoane said the dispute and resolution chamber had awarded compensation in favour of two FC AK former players, Erico Frabi and Samuel Cooper.

But their club had objected to the ruling, claiming former CEO Gene Petersen had no jurisdiction in the case as he was suspended at the time.

Matutoane said Frabi and Cooper had lodged complaints against the club for failing to honour their contracts.

He said the league had also failed to dock FC AK’s monthly grant to make up for players’ outstanding payments.

The PSL’s advocate, Ntsietso Mofokeng, confirmed to City Press that FC AK were challenging the award.

“The club indicated last week they are going to apply for the ruling to be rescinded,” Mofokeng said.

Matutoane said the union was sitting with 81 unresolved cases – all of them from the National First Division – from last season.

Matutoane said African Warriors had not paid 19 players, followed by Hanover Park with 14, FC AK with 12, United FC with eight, Batau FC and Blackburn with nine each, Nathi Lions with six each, and Dynamos with four.

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