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Roberts dismisses Arnett salary dispute

Published:Tuesday | December 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMMarc Stamp
Oniel Thompson (left) from Arnett Gardens forced André McFarlane (right) Waterhouse off the ball during a National Premier League football match at the Tony Spaulding Stadium on Sunday January 22, 2017.

President of Arnett Gardens FC Patrick Roberts says that the club has settled its issue regarding salaries owed to its players for last month.

Roberts told The Gleaner that the club normally pays on the 30th of each month but had a nine-day delay, and that it was not a unique situation as it happened sometimes.

"There is no club in Jamaica that does not have a delay in paying salaries to players. The last salary was due on November 30, and we had a nine-day delay. We had said it was not an issue. It has been settled. It is not that we owed them for three months," Roberts said yesterday, following a meeting with the team on Sunday evening.

"Last night (Sunday), we (executive body) had a meeting with the players, and the salary thing is settled. Everything settled. the players are in an upbeat mood. They will get paid. everything good now," he insisted.

Arnett's captain, Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, confirmed that there was a meeting following the Trench Town-based club's 4-3 win against Cavalier at the Stadium East Field on Sunday.

"We met after the game against Cavalier on Sunday, and the matter is at a crossroad. I won't go into details. We had internal issues, but we are okay," Thompson shared.

"Arnett is one of the highest-paid clubs in Jamaica, and it is not always paid on time, but we understand the situation as players. We did not train for two days last week, but everything good," he said.

"We had no plans not to turn up last Sunday as we knew that would give second-place Portmore a chance to take the lead. We played against a youthful Cavalier team and led 4-1, then they scored two goals late in the game. Any team that wants to win against Arnett has to outscore us on the day," he concluded.