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Again on the desk | Sports activities

The Gleaner has been reliably knowledgeable that the Jamaica Soccer Federation (JFF) and members of the nation’s nationwide senior males’s group – the Reggae Boyz, are again on the negotiation desk, after the gamers submitted a revised supply of US$3,000 (J$450,000), as discussions over a brand new wage construction for the Concacaf Gold Cup and FIFA World Cup Qualifiers resumed after hitting a snag on Monday.

Whereas refusing verify the figures within the up to date proposals, Rudolph Speid, who along with being the chairman of the JFF’s Technical Committee, can be a member of the Activity Pressure accountable for the negotiations, admitted that there was a brand new supply in place.

He additionally identified that the organisation was merely incapable of assembly the gamers’ preliminary calls for of US$7,000 (J$1.04 million) per match, with out risking the opposite nationwide programmes.

“They (gamers) despatched it (new proposal) yesterday (Monday) night and we’re taking a look at it now. If their supply is far nearer to what we had recommended (initially), we shall be taking a look at it to see if we will come to some form of remaining conclusion,” mentioned Speid.

FALLING APART

Issues appeared to have fallen aside after group captain Andre Blake reported on nationwide radio that there was no supply in place, after each events didn’t agree on the charges, with the JFF’s preliminary supply of US$2,000 (J$301,000) per match for beginning gamers falling approach beneath the gamers’ unique demand of US$7,000 (J$1.04 million) per recreation for starters, a pay package deal that Speid mentioned would price the federation $2 billion.

“Clearly, no one believes that we might afford $2 billion for a World Cup qualifier. If we did that bear in mind the Ladies’s World Cup Qualifiers begin in November, we wouldn’t have a cent to play these qualifiers,” Speid mentioned. “And naturally, we’ve got our Below-15, our Below-17, Below-20 are scheduled to play subsequent 12 months and the next 12 months. It was simply one thing that we couldn’t afford.”

“We’ve proven them the stability sheet, we’ve got proven them the funds, we’ve got proven them the place we make the losses. We’ve been very clear with the gamers and inform them what is occurring,” Speid mentioned. “The reality is that we anticipated them to be extra understanding.”

The JFF’s unique proposal additionally noticed substitutes receiving US$1,500 (J$224,000) and unused substitutes being paid US$1,000 (J$150,000) with a bonus of US$1,500 for every win and US$1,000 for a draw.

Nonetheless, in line with sources conversant in the negotiations, each events have adjusted their affords, with the JFF on Sunday submitting will increase to the bonuses in addition to provisions for picture rights. This proposal coincides with a social media marketing campaign from a number of gamers with the phrases ‘Take a Stance’.

However gamers have, in line with our supply, now lowered their asking charge, with a counter-offer of US$3000 ($450,000) per recreation for starters, and a win bonus of US$2000 despatched to the JFF someday between late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

Efforts to succeed in the lawyer retained by the gamers for the discussions proved unsuccessful.

JFF President Michael Ricketts and Common Secretary Dalton Wint have additionally not accepted or returned calls to their cell telephones.

Jamaica are anticipated to play the USA in a global pleasant on March 25 in Austria.

daniel.wheeler@gleanerjm.com

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