Saru asked to probe Kings’ wage row
The Democratic Alliance (DA) is going to ask the SA Rugby Union (Saru) to investigate the financial position of the Eastern Province Kings – and even assess whether it should be put under administration.
This comes after Kings players’ salaries for July were not paid and allegations that the club’s previous assistant coach, Carlos Spencer, left because he “hasn’t received a salary since December 2014”.
Darren Bergman, DA shadow minister of sport, said it would be “a tragedy if this union cannot advance rugby in the Eastern Cape due to financial failure”.
But Cheeky Watson, president of the Kings, said to City Press’ sister paper Rapport: “The sponsorship of hundreds of millions of rands that’s going to change the face of the EP Kings is still on its way.
“This enormous sponsorship is not a pipe dream we came up with,” he added.
There were calls this week from certain circles for Watson’s head to roll because of the Kings players’ payment being overdue.
The Kings also severed all ties with Spencer.
New Zealand newspapers quoted Spencer’s lawyer complaining that he was not being paid.
According to Watson, the problems with payment were due to “administrative problems” with the size of the sponsorship.
He didn’t want to say exactly how much money he was talking about, but he had previously mentioned “hundreds of millions of rands”.
MONEY PROBLEMS EP Kings in action against the MTN Lions in 2013. Kings players have been ‘helped financially’
DEPARTED Carlos Spencer
quit because he
did not receive a from the EP Kings