Federation holds breath in anticipation of player complaints

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AMMAN — The Jordan Football Federation is reportedly preparing to receive yet another batch of complaints from pro-league players focusing on claiming their financial late due from their clubs.اضافة اعلان

Player’s have said that many clubs have failed miserably in regards to contracts with players and coaches. The clubs, in an arms race to sign players, forgot the extent to which their obligations could be fulfilled, according to some.

To make matters worse, some clubs have been caught holding large contracts, without taking into account their reduced income from sponsorships.
Ahmad Samarah, vice president of Al-Ramtha SC, said in an interview with Jordan News: “The current repercussions from COVID-19, contributed in doubling the financial distress of clubs.”  

“There is no private or government support for several clubs, and we lost the funds from spectators, which means that we’re walking into the abyss, and many clubs might have to come face-to-face with closure decisions, but I do see hope in a recent gesture from Al-Faisaly’s temporary committee in postponing dealing with players’ complaints,” he said. 

Samarah blamed the football federation for the recent trouble of the pro league clubs, saying that “it is unbelievable that there is no sponsor for major championships organized by the federation. Besides, the champion’s prize has been reduced to JD60,000, and that amount of money is not even half of the players’ contract value.” 

Al-Salt SC manager, Jamal Abu Abeed, said that the fact that pro league clubs are exceeding JD300,000 per club for contracts, while building their contract strategies around the illusion that sponsors exist, has contributed to the problem.

He added: “The federation provides around JD90,000 to clubs from television broadcasting rights, which is a modest sum that is not enough to pay players, especially since clubs have exceeded contract limits just for the sake of competition. In addition, six clubs are being led by temporary administrations, which reinforce the failure of the clubs’ polices to secure players.”

At the same time, he called on the government to intervene immediately to save clubs from closures, and bring Jordanian football back from the abyss. 
Emad Hanaineh, a lawyer specialized in sports-related cases, said that the blame does not solely rest with the clubs: “I think the real reason (for the financial shortfall) is that the football federation failed to find a sponsor for the pro league championship.”

He added that a recent financial transfer from the federation a club only amounted to JD3,000. 

He went on to say that “if the clubs started next season this way without a real sponsor covering the contracts, it means that we are in a disaster.” 

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