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The Austrian footballers’ association VdF demands clarity from the country’s football league (Bundesliga) and football association (ÖFB), as neither has taken action nor reacted to the situation at Trenkwalder Admira.

 

The Second Division champions have not paid their player Simon Manzoni for months, and although the VdF has informed the Bundesliga in January 2011, there is still no reaction. The VdF suspects a cover-up action.

 

If the Bundesliga were to comply with the rules, then it would have to deduct points from Admira. Should that happen, the club would lose its Second Division title as well as its promotion to the First Division. SCR Altach would benefit from this sanction. 

 

 

 

The VdF published the following press release: 

Delays in proceedings, derisory fines for clear licence violations and a deep silence where clear statements would be appropriate: the Austrian Bundesliga, whose football clubs have been responsible for more than thirty bankruptcies in recent years, is throwing away the last shreds of its credibility, yet it doesn't even seem to notice.

 

The Bundesliga has known of the dubious contract situation at Trenkwalder Admira since January 2011. Still unresolved is a petition from the Austrian professional footballers' union (Vereinigung der Fussballer, VdF) to the Bundesliga's second panel of judges on behalf of the player Simon Manzoni, who despite repeated reminders still has not been paid his wages. His ‘general contract’, in support of the petition, has been sent for evaluation to the Bundesliga's licensing panel.

 

VdF Chairman Gernot Zirngast says, ‘The Bundesliga has for a long time been rejecting our complaints about dubiously worded contracts, and our calls for stricter control of clubs. There seems to be no readiness for cooperation in dealing with these matters, and we get the impression that, where championships are concerned, the Austrian Bundesliga just isn't interested in systematically enforcing compliance with the rules of the sport.’

 

The VdF, which is also wondering about the silence of the Austrian Football Association (ÖFB), and in this situation would like to hear a clear commitment to clean football from ÖFB President Dr Leo Windtner, the country's highest football dignitary, suspects that a clear intent lies behind this behaviour: namely that, as so often already, the Bundesliga is endeavouring to calm down the ‘injured‘ club (SCR Altach) internally so that it can then come to a decision about Admira that doesn't threaten the schedule of games for the coming season.

 

‘The public will hear no more details about this, so I think stripping Admira of its championship title and preventing its promotion is unthinkable – no matter what the facts of the matter really are,’ comments Zirngast.

 

For the sake of a fair competition for all clubs and their players, the VdF demands a swift and comprehensive examination of the charges against Trenkwalder Admira. For preventive reasons alone, its flagrant infringement of the licensing regulations should be rigorously punished.