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The Association of Unionized Football Players of Peru (SAFAP) is warning all that country’s players that a cap on wages does not exist. With this warning, SAFAP is trying to prevent Peruvian clubs putting pressure on their professional football players to accept a so-called salary cap.

 

‘To that end, we want to make it very clear that the declarations of the President of the FPF (the Federation) have not been misinterpreted by SAFAP’, says a statement by the Peruvian union. ‘On the contrary, we know what he was aiming at, and we have taken it as a warning to our members about an attempt to “impose” it in some clubs in the coming seasons, with the excuse that this is what the FPF stipulates or “recommends”.’

 

‘We say to the professional football players of Peru that NO norm exists that fixes a salary cap. Football players and clubs are freely entitled to fix the amount of financial compensation in their contracts.’

 

SAFAP emphasizes: ‘We shall never accept salary caps. We shall be vigilant should they try to affect directly or indirectly the rights won by the football players of Peru.’

 

‘To that end, we are warning all our members so that they won’t be taken by surprise when they sign a contract of employment.’

 

‘In addition, we consider that what has been proposed by the President of the FPF would only cause the reemergence of double contracts, fostering unreliability and retreating from those advances towards dependability that have been possible.’

 

SAFAP knows the serious economic problems endured by Peruvian football. But the union emphasizes that the same error continues frequently to be made by people who think that solutions in football always involve removing and undermining the rights of football players, instead of punishing and penalising the true originators of the economic problems that some institutions are going through: their irresponsible managers.

 

‘Finally, it is not surprising that the President of the FPF always comes out at the end of the year or at the start of the following season to put forward “ingenious” solutions to the crisis in some clubs, promising a firm hand in future, yet all through the year he does absolutely nothing to help his associates to resolve their problems, or punish those irresponsible managers who are harmful to the system.’