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Footballers divided over revised pay cut

  • Published at 11:55 pm October 16th, 2020
Football

Players sat in several meetings with the BFF Chief over the payment issue and the last one ended up with pledges from Salahuddin on 40 percent of previous contract when they sign up for next season

The professional league committee of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) revised the settlement of local players’ remuneration to 35 percent against players' recent agreement to 40 percent with the BFF President Kazi Salahuddin.

 Footballers are not happy with the bargain of five percent but the increase of remuneration from the league committee's previous decision (25%) divided them whether to agree the Thursday’s verdict which was taken after discussing with the club officials only. 

Players sat in several meetings with the BFF Chief over the payment issue and the last one ended up with pledges from Salahuddin on 40 percent of previous contract when they sign up for next season. National defender Topu Barman was present in each of the seating. He thinks that they may have no way but to accept the revised decision. 

“I was in each eight meetings with the president. As the players agreed with 40% during last one, I think they may eventually agree with 35% as well, because players want to play. How long will they wait?” said the Bashundhara Kings center-back.

Sheikh Russel KC's top paid local signing and national goalkeeper Ashraful Islam Rana however, did not agree with that. “Players are not happy because we some 40-45 footballers agreed with President about 40% on Tuesday. We will not protest or ask for another meeting. We will just request the federation and clubs to reconsider the rest five percent,’ said Rana. 

National team's Abahani Limited midfielder Mamunul Islam also echoed the same sentiment with Rana.

The last domestic season 2019-20 was called off after only five rounds of premier league fixtures and without the Independence Cup rolling on the pitch. The BFF sat with both players and clubs to settle the payment of annulled season. Initially, the booters asked for at least 50% while most clubs denied paying more than 25 percent.