Afutpa calls for strike if clubs do not guarantee payments to players

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  • Fri, 02/01/2019 - 07:37
  • EFE

The Association of Professional Soccer Players of Panama (Afutpa) said on Thursday that the measure of stoppage of duties for tomorrow at the start of the 2019 Closing Tournament of the Panamanian Soccer League (LPF) is being maintained.

"Today we maintain the measure of not starting the tournament without guarantees", said Afutpa president Juan Ramón Solís at a press conference.

He added that if Fepafut does not sit down to negotiate tomorrow with Afutpa, at 13.00 local time (18.00 GMT), there will be no first date of the championship, which precisely begins tomorrow Friday, with two games.

"Suspending activities affects us all, but we have to shake the tree", Solís said at the press conference.

The leader noted that there is a communication from the Panamanian Soccer Federation (Fepafut) about partial payments to the Santa Gema clubs, first division, and San Martín second division, but the measure goes further.

"They may have paid what is owed to those players, but what we want is to prevent this from happening again, they did not have a good Christmas or New Year because they did not have an income", said Solís.

In the mentioned clubs, added to Atlético Veragüense, their players have not received payments for three months.

Afutpa, with Solís at the head, demands seven points, among which stands out that immediate and exemplary sanctions are established for clubs that resort to arrears and that systems are created to help avoid breaches of economic obligations.

"This is a noble and just struggle and that is the way to understand it, it is the opportune moment and indicated by the vindication of our right and professionalism", he said.

Solís made it clear that under Afutpa there are "444 players all affiliated in first and second division, that is, that the support is unanimous".

The leader said that they are expected to reach the stadium, but will not go on the court.

"A point of the statement is where the clubs and Fepafut are committed not to dismiss or penalize players", he said.

"We have more than four months trying to provide solutions to the players, based on the delays that were presented, we must be clear that we have always been open to negotiation, that now we say that we are threatening or challenging is a lack of respect", said the leader.

He clarified that the legal representatives of both associations have remained in communication, but "nothing concrete has been achieved".



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