City want to ground Luc Ey­mael

CityPress - - Sport - TI­MOTHY MOLOBI ti­mothy@city­press.co.za

Polok­wane City have lodged a com­plaint with the Pre­mier Soc­cer League (PSL) re­gard­ing their “for­mer” coach, Luc Ey­mael.

The Bel­gian re­signed from his post on Thurs­day and joined Bloem­fontein Celtic. Ey­mael was seen tak­ing notes in the stands at yes­ter­days’ Ned­bank Cup clash be­tween Celtic and Buya Msuthu.

But City in­sists Ey­mael still has a valid con­tract with them and, as a re­sult, can­not work any­where else.

PSL act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mato Mad­lala yes­ter­day ac­knowl­edged re­ceipt of the let­ter.

“I can con­firm that Polok­wane [City] have writ­ten a let­ter to the league and I have for­warded it to our le­gal depart­ment to deal with it. Un­for­tu­nately, I can­not di­vulge the con­tent of the let­ter as they did not give me per­mis­sion to do so,” said Mad­lala. A high-rank­ing City of­fi­cial said they did not ac­cept Ey­mael’s res­ig­na­tion and they still re­garded him as their coach.

The of­fi­cial, who did not want to be iden­ti­fied, said they wanted the league to pre­vent the Bel­gian from reg­is­ter­ing with an­other club un­til they had set­tled the mat­ter. “We asked the league to in­ter­vene and we even at­tached a copy of the con­tract in our let­ter.

“The two par­ties must sit down and agree to part ways, like we did when we en­tered into a con­tract with him.

“We still have out­stand­ing is­sues with him as he owes us money that we had lent him. Our agree­ment with him was that we were go­ing to deduct the money from his salary un­til the end of May, but he left after just one de­duc­tion.

“How are we go­ing to re­coup the out­stand­ing bal­ance?” asked the of­fi­cial.

“This prac­tice of coaches leav­ing as they wish when they still have valid con­tracts must come to an end. This is a breach of con­tract. If we had fired him, we were go­ing to be ac­cused of un­fair dis­missal.

“We hope the league will not al­low this prac­tice to con­tinue, it is not fair.”

The of­fi­cial said the league needed to pro­tect clubs as well.

“Ev­ery­one has got rights, ex­cept clubs. Play­ers al­ways go to the Dis­pute Res­o­lu­tion Cham­ber when clubs do not hon­our their con­tracts. But what hap­pens when coaches don’t do the same? Where is jus­tice here? We have spent a lot on him and he just de­cides to walk out.”

The of­fi­cial said Ey­mael’s res­ig­na­tion was not sur­pris­ing as the de­sired re­sults were not forth­com­ing. The club has gone seven matches with­out a vic­tory – they last won in early De­cem­ber.

City chair­per­son Johnny Mo­gal­adi said they were still con­sult­ing with the league and their le­gal team.

“We have a valid con­tract with him un­til 2018,” he said.

In his re­sponse, Ey­mael said he owed City noth­ing.

“I don’t owe them any­thing. I have the proof of de­posit of my res­ig­na­tion let­ter. I also have the email that I sent to the club chair [and] the proof of calls I made to him that were never an­swered,” he said in an SMS.

“What they did not say is that they never paid my win­ning bonuses as agreed to in the con­tract. So I de­ducted it. And I think I worked eight days in March, which I also de­ducted [and paid my­self ].”

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES

GONER Luc Ey­mael’s res­ig­na­tion from Polok­wane City as coach has an­gered the club’s man­age­ment

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