The president of Osun United FC, Ademola Adesina has appealed to the Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola to lift the suspension on the wages and salaries of contract coaches and athletes including staff and players of the stateowned football clubs (Osun United and Osun Babes).
The news of the salary suspension was conveyed in a letter signed by the acting general manager of the State Sports Council, Rotimi Dunmoye and addressed to the secretary of Osun United. “Payments of staff salaries includingOs un United Football Club are suspended forthwith as approved by the state governor, Gboyega Oyetola,” the letter reads in part.
Adesina, while reacting, urged Governor Oyetola to consider that global best practices forbid abrupt stoppage of salaries of footballers under contractual agreements with clubs. Adesina also appealed to the governor to emulate other state governments that had continued to pay salaries of their state-owned teams since the suspension of sports activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. He added that Adesina appealed to the state government to consider the effect of the salary stoppage on the players at this period.
“Apart from the fact that contracts of our players have not been officially terminated, if salaries are stopped during this period, the living standard of beneficiaries from this medium will nosedive because of the current economic situation in the country that worsened by COVID-19’’. “We therefore appeal to the state government to look into the matter and lift the suspension on the salaries of Osun United, Osun Babes, their management boards as well as contract coaches and athletes in the state,’’ Adesina was quoted as saying.