Tue | Sep 26, 2017

PLCA moves to clear air

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:00 AM

The Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) says it does not owe Montego Bay United Football Club (MBUFC) any money, nor does Red Stripe or any other sponsor.

In a release yesterday, the PLCA slammed what it described as half-truths and outright lies stated publicly by MBUFC's representatives.

"PLCA wishes to inform all interested parties that Red Stripe has no contractual relationship with or responsibility to MBUFC. Similarly, MBUFC, of its own accord, wishes and desires, was not a member of PLCA from August 12, 2016 until March 31, 2017. PLCA's board of directors voted to accept the Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ) recommendation that MBUFC be readmitted as of April 1, 2017," the release said.

The PLCA added that "the incomes and other benefits obtained by it through hard work and much sacrifice are primarily for the benefit of its members and towards financing administration of the league. It is not available purely on the basis of participation in the league."

MBUFC has been at the centre of a football dispute in recent days. Last Thursday, Red Stripe, the title sponsor of the Premier League, said it would end broadcast coverage of the league until ongoing issues are completely resolved.

President of MBUFC Orville Powell, in his response last weekend, said money owed to his club is yet to be paid.

"The league and sponsor have not responded to us about money owed since last year. It seems we don't have any value," Powell said.