Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Trinidad and Tobago finally paid for 2006 World Cup

CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president Jack Warner tried to keep the players of Trinidad and Tobago's 2006 World Cup squad from their rightful payday, but in the end a London arbitrator, like most judges do, ruled against Warner.

At issue was the complete disregarded for law that the T&T FA and Warner showed for the players. In a contract signed before the 2006 World Cup and negotiated in part by Warner, the players were to get a 50-50 split on all money from licensing and endorsement deals made with the federation. In the end, the FA received $28 million in gross profit from the World Cup, but each of the 23 players only collect $5,000. Somebody's calculator is broken.

Although the judge ruled in the players' favor, the exact amount each one will get will not be known till June, presumably after England plays their 'hay, why not vote for us to host the 2018 World Cup' match in T&T on June 1.

Warner has said that if the T&T FA disagrees with the ruling, they will pursue justice in some other way. Any guess as to what that way will be.

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Blogger ERic said...

You'd like to think the players are finally getting paid, but Warner's still fighting it. I will be shocked if the players actually get anything.

11:04 AM  
Anonymous soccer dude said...

i would not care if i get paid or not if i played for my countries national is a pride thing!

5:59 PM  
Blogger ERic said...

Warner, is that you?

There's pride, then there's fair. T&T made $28 million off that tournament. Then paid the players $5,000 each.

I would feel perfectly comfortable with myself, expecting to get a fair share of $28 million for my work. And $5,000 is far short of a fair share.

9:53 AM  

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