Respect player’s contracts – SAFPU

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The South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) have reiterated their call to Premier Soccer League (PSL) clubs to honour players’ contracts.

In recent times, a lot of professional football players have been left in limbo due to the continuous club sales in both the DStv Premiership and the GladAfrica Championship.

Although the union is not against the sale of clubs, SAFPU President Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe insists it remains the responsibility of both the old and new club owners to respect all stakeholders.

“We must say that we respect the decisions of a club, whether they want to retain the players or not,” said Gaoshubelwe.

“But what we do not agree with is when during that process, the players’ contracts are not respected. We expect clubs to respect players’ contracts because all these contracts are approved in line with section 197 of labour relations,” he added.

Gaoshubelwe also confirmed that the players’ union is busy with matters that involved recent status purchases in the Premiership.

“So we are taking up matters that involves Bidvest Wits, TTM, Highlands Park to the extent that players have not received (salaries). We have resolved on the issues of Bidvest where players were not paid and they were subsequently paid their salaries.

“We are also attending to the matters pertaining to the non-payment of salaries of Highlands Park players and we are hoping that in future, the issues of financial fair play will come to play and all contracts shall be respected,” concluded Gaoshubelwe.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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