Su­per 16 Year-end Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Some Den Am­s­tel play­ers threat­en­ing boy­cott over monies owed by GFF

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Sev­eral play­ers from Den Am­s­tel FC have threat­ened to boy­cott the Stag Beer Su­per 16 Year-end Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship if they are not paid monies and match­day stipends owed by the Guyana Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion [GFF} for the con­cluded Elite League.

This was dis­closed by a mem­ber of the club, who spoke to Stabroek Sport on the con­di­tion of anonymity.

Ac­cord­ing to the source, “The play­ers have said they will not be play­ing once they don’t re­ceive their monies from the GFF. They are al­ready plan­ning to strike, Christ­mas com­ing and some of them have fam­i­lies to look af­ter.”

De­spite con­clud­ing the ‘Elite League’ on Septem­ber 23rd, the GFF has failed to pay the top four fin­ish­ers their re­spec­tive prize monies and the play­ers, their match day stipends.

The GFF owes the top four fin­ish­ers in ex­cess of $8M in prize monies. Fruta Con­querors, the league win­ner, is owed $5M while the Guyana De­fence Force, Den Am­s­tel and West­ern Tigers are await­ing $2M, $1M and $500,000 re­spec­tively.

With re­gards to the match day stipends, each team is owed a to­tal of $648,000. Each player from the 10 com­pet­ing clubs’ 18-mem­ber roster is owed $36,000. This equates to $4,000 per match per player over the course of the nine sec­ond round fix­tures.

In to­tal, the GFF owes a mam­moth $6,480,000 in match day fees. Over­all, the Elite League top four fin­ish­ers and clubs are owed in ex­cess of $14M.

The source fur­ther dis­closed, “The man­age­ment staff and the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the club does not sup­port this de­ci­sion, we want them to play and be able to win more monies but this is a de­ci­sion that the play­ers said that they will make once they are not paid.”

Ac­cord­ing to the source, “The play­ers are very se­ri­ous be­cause the GFF is stop­ping them from play­ing in other tour­na­ments where they can make a money and they [GFF] are not play­ing them up to date.”

The source fur­ther said, “The GFF are tak­ing ad­van­tage of the sit­u­a­tion and the play­ers, and hon­estly I am tired of the dou­ble stan­dards they are cre­at­ing. They don’t want other peo­ple to host tour­na­ments and owe the play­ers and they are do­ing the same ex­act thing.”

The afore­men­tioned in­ci­dent is a con­tin­u­ing is­sue for the Fed­er­a­tion which has owed the com­pet­ing clubs, mil­lions of dol­lars in prize monies and match day stipends in pre­vi­ous foot­ball tour­na­ments for sev­eral months.

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