FIFPro is disturbed to hear Clifton Miheso (pictured) was pressured by two men carrying guns to sign a document agreeing to terminate his contract with South African club Golden Arrows.
The world football players union understands the pair arrived at the club’s offices and ordered the 23-year-old Kenyan to sign a document agreeing to accept less than one month of pay from the remaining six months of his contract.
When details of the threat emerged in the media, Miheso said he was put under pressure by the club to write a statement that the gun threat did not happen. He also withdrew a complaint to police.
The player, who has now returned to Kenya, said his career is now on hold because the transfer window has shut in his home country.
The incident happened more than two weeks ago, on January 14th.
FIFPro and our member, the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU), trust that authorities are taking every effort to investigate exactly what happened and hold accountable those who are responsible for this crime.
“We are deeply concerned that any player should have to face such an ordeal, and then allegedly be made to cover up the truth to protect the club and its officials,” FIFPro General Secretary Theo van Seggelen said.
“We urge the South African football federation to take what happened to Clifton Miheso very seriously,” Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe, SAFPU General Secretary, said. “The boy was under duress. He was very, very scared. It is only now he’s back in Kenya that he speaks freely.”
The recently-published 2016 FIFPro Global Employment Report found young and foreign players are more vulnerable to abuse, with foreigners more than twice as likely to face discrimination as domestic footballers.
- Published: 03 February 2017