UWI FC de­nies salary dis­pute

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

UWI FC team man­ager Kerry Robin­son has dis­missed ru­mours of any pay dis­pute be­tween the club and its play­ers.

There have been re­ports sug­gest­ing that the club’s play­ers have been dis­grun­tled be­cause they have not re­ceived their salaries since the start of the 2017/18. But while con­firm­ing that the play­ers have not yet been paid, Robin­son sought to ex­plain why that is the case.

“There is no pay dis­pute,” she said. “It is that we are go­ing through changes. We have the money, it is just doc­u­men­ta­tion. The play­ers will get their pay in a cou­ple days. We are ex­pect­ing a smooth tran­si­tion,” Robin­son said.

“It is un­bear­able (lack of full pay­ment). Hope­fully, things will be back to nor­mal again in a cou­ple days. Nor­mal mean­ing win­ning again,” she spec­i­fied.

“The play­ers are still sup­port­ive, so as soon as things are re­solved, it will be bet­ter,” she added.

UWI, who were miss­ing head coach Mar­cel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle through what is be­ing de­scribed as per­sonal is­sues, lost 4-1 to de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Ar­nett Gar­dens on Sun­day at the Mona Bowl.

‘UNRESOLVED MAT­TERS’

But Robin­son said that the re­sult was down to how the team pre­pared in the week ahead of the game.

“They (play­ers) have not been in train­ing for the week (lead­ing up to the game) be­cause of unresolved mat­ters,” Robin­son said.

Robin­son also said the play­ers have a base con­tract of $50,000 per month and higher.

“There are a lot of changes, and we are work­ing to re­solve as soon as pos­si­ble. The play­ers have not got­ten full pay­ment as yet, but we have given them stipends. We are hav­ing ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues,” she in­formed.

UWI slipped to third po­si­tion on 11 points, just one be­hind Ar­nett (12). They will next play lead­ers Port­more United (13 points) to­mor­row at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval at 3:30 p.m.

UWI FC’s Fabion McCarthy (right) tracks Boys’ Town FC’s An­drew Pedd­lar dur­ing their Red Stripe Premier League match at the UWI Mona Bowl on October 8.

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