Bennett: No pay dispute at Arnett
General manager of Arnett Gardens Football Club, Richard Bennett, has dismissed reports that there is a pay dispute at the club.
Bennett told The Gleaner on Wednesday that preparation is in high gear for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) club championship first round which will be played in Trinidad and Tobago at the end of this month.
Reports reached The Gleaner on Tuesday night that players at the club were not paid over the recent holidays, and that they will refuse to take the field in upcoming matches until they were given assurances that payment will be made.
Bennett, however, refuted the claims although he said financing the CFU club championship trip had put some strain on their books.
"Nothing go so (that players not training). You see that the team is unbeaten in the league and the team is training ... I don't know if it is a rumour or who say it but the players are training, they are training this evening and they are doing them thing. These things (rumours) just build up bad vibes," he told The Gleaner.
Bennett said it has been a difficult period financially with their CFU club championship first round just around the corner, but he said the club did its best to ensure the players were paid over the holidays
"Everybody has challenges. Some (players) will get Christmas money, some will get part of their Christmas money. But we have plane fare to look for them to go up (for CFU club championship in Trinidad) and we have stipends and such to deal with.
"But news like this will kill the players vibes when it comes out. So as a fan or whatever, we have to hold down these foolishness (rumours). Because in a few days we will not only represent Arnett but we will be representing the country. So people have to be more responsible," he said.
his is the second time in less than a month that reports about a pay dispute have come out of Arnett Gardens. On December 12, club president Patrick Robert told The Gleaner that payment for November was delayed by nine days but the club had subsequently settled the issue with the players.
Arnett are second in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) behind Portmore, but are unbeaten after 18 matches. They play their next RSPL game on Thursday against Tivoli Gardens, while their opening CFU club championship game takes place on January 31.