SAFPU: TS Galaxy Players Fined Hefty Amounts
TS Galaxy players are reportedly paying exorbitant fines for committing minor offences.
During a recent visit to the Johannesburg-based club, the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) discovered that players were coughing up money within the R10 000-range for petty fines imposed upon them.
“At TS Galaxy, they fine players ridiculously,” SAFPU’s Secretary-General Nhlanhla Shabalala divulged to a media outlet in an article published on Wednesday, 24 January.
He gave examples: “A player would be fined R10 000 for protesting after having been involved in a tackle which is all part of the game. But yet, when you just go to the referee and say it was not a foul, but the referee gives you a yellow card because you engaged with the referee, you get fined R10 000.
“For using boots that they say are not specified for the game – and I don’t know who gets to decide these things – players are fined R15 000.”
Shabalala says that this has led to “fears” among Galaxy who dread being fined for such minor offences. As such, “there needs to be justice for the players”, which would entail clearer communication between the union and the club’s higher-ups.
TS Galaxy have yet to comment on Shabalala’s claims.
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