Wednesday, January 10, 2007Complete chaos in the working of the Macedonian football clubs was found by a governmental labor inspection body. The inspectors discovered that there are less than 100 professional players in the Macedonian First League
Seven clubs without a single registered player
Unregistered players, illegal registrations of players, players that have no status as professionals and many other ways of breaking the laws for working relations were discovered by the labor inspectors who visited all 12 teams of the Macedonian First League. Seven of the clubs didn't even have a single player registered as professional player although they're all professionals playing in the First League. The players were playing illegal, they were not employed and the clubs were not paying social insurance for them. There are some irregularities even in the Macedonian Football Federation (FFM), where some of the employees are illegally employed. This is a confirmation of previous media rumors, which said that the Macedonian Football Federation is not trying to solve those problems on purpose, knowing that if they start taking actions against the clubs, they'll have to shut down almost all of the Macedonian football clubs.
In the football club Vardar, the inspectors discovered that there are only 10 people employed and all of them are coaches. The club has no contracts with players and wages and social insurance hasn't been payed since January 2006.
Pelister has 20 players engaged but without any professional contract.
Pobeda has only 6 employees and no one of them is a player. They have 22 players, 4 of them are foreigners and all are without professional contracts. Wages and social insurance hasn't been officially payed since 2002.
Bregalnica from Stip has no professional players also. At the moment of the inspection all of the players of the first team were youth players.
Both the clubs from Kicevo, Napredok and Vlazrimi have no professional contracts with the players although both clubs have 23 players each in their rosters.
Bashkimi from Kumanovo has only 8 employees in the club and only 2 of them are professionals football players.
Shkendija has 19 players with status of amateur players. The coach who is Albanian citizen has a professional contract but he hasn't regulated yet his status as foreign citizen in Macedonia.
Renova has only 7 professional players. The other 13 players are registered as amateurs and students.
Only Rabotnicki Kometal, Makedonija GP and Sileks have professional contracts with their players and those are the only 3 clubs that meet the requirements for a professional football club from First League but even they are late with the social insurance.
Football in Macedonia?
All of the players who play for the clubs in the Macedonian First League are registered in the Macedonian Football Federation but from the report of the inspection we can see that those contracts are not valid. If we sum up we'll see that there are not even 100 professional players in the 12 football clubs of the league and this is real catastrophe. No wonder that the quality of the league is so low and no wonder that our stadiums are empty and there's almost no interest about the Macedonian football. But is there any football at all in Macedonia?
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