Girlz continue payment protest
Jamaica's senior national fe male players Khadija Shaw and Toriana Patterson continue their protest for unpaid wages with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) on instagram yesterday.
Shaw and Patterson went live on their Instagram feed on Tuesday to make the public aware of the issues that are currently affecting the players.
They reiterated that they will not take part in the upcoming Olympic qualifiers at the end of the month if the players do not receive all the funds that are owed to them by the JFF. The girls lamented that the JFF has missed several deadline payments.
While admitting that some players received half of the payment today at midday, Shaw was clear that the JFF is still in breach of the legal agreement, and they will be sticking to the mantra of 'NOPAYNOPLAY' come the end of the month.
"We are tired of the mistreatment, empty promises and disrespect from the federation. They are telling us that they are waiting on money from FIFA to pay us, but we didn't negotiate with the FIFA World Cup money in mind, so as far as we are concerned they have breached the contract", said Shaw.
Patterson said the protest is not the first time that the girls have had to resort to this type of action, as they took a silent stand to protest non-payment of fees just before the tour of South Africa in April.
"We are tired of this kind of treatment and we want to spread awareness to let the world know what we have to go through to represent our country."
Shaw went on to add that she would love for the situation to be rectified quickly, as she wants to represent her country which she loves so dearly.
"I love my country, I love to play for Jamaica but we cannot continue in this manner, I want to know that when I retire, we can ensure that the game is in a better place", said Shaw.
When the Star reached out to JFF President Michael Ricketts and General Secretary Dalton Wint for an update, both cell phones rang and went to voicemail late Tuesday evening, however, Sports Minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange did answer our call and she informed the Star that she has been in talks with JFF President Ricketts and coach Hue Menzies and a full investigation in the matter is being conducted.