Saru asked to probe Kings’ wage row

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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

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