Lagos – Warri Wolves FC on Monday said that the clamour for N100,000 minimum wage for the Glo Premier League Players (GPL) should not be looked into in isolation.
The club’s Managing Director, Davidson Owumi, said that the contract entered into by the players and their clubs should be looked into.
He said that the decision of the LMC to make N100, 000 minimum wages a prerequisite to registration of clubs for the 2013/2014 season was wrong.
“There is a dysfunctional system of doing things in this country; a club that gets to a premier league status should be aware of its obligations to players.
“Some clubs already pay more than the stipulated wage for their players; for instance, if a player’s sign-on fee is N5 million, divide that by 12 months; that is above N100,000.
“It is true that we need an improved minimum wage for our players, but when we give the public a wrong impression, I don’t think that is fair.
“The word wage is ambiguous; they need to specify if it is the wage they need us to improve on or sign-on fee,’’ Owumi said.
Players’ welfare and how it can be improved on have been in the front burner for some time now.
An inquest into the salaries of players last season resulted in a discovery that clubs flout Article 2.4 (1) of the League Rules under Schedule C.
Article 2.4 (1) of the rules states: “The monthly salary of a Premier League player is negotiable, but shall not be less than N100,000.’’
Last season, 48 per cent of the clubs complied with the provision.
It was because of this that the LMC made the minimum wage, a key requirement for registration of clubs in the 2013/2014 season. (NAN)