19th July 2018

Bolivian Torneo Clausura on hold due to argument over wages

The Bolivian football federation (FBF) said it has been forced to put tomorrow’s start of the 2018 Torneo Clausura on hold, due to an argument over unpaid player wages. The FBF said that while the logistics for the start of the 2018 Torneo Clausura are in place, it does not have the money to pay the wages of players to whom clubs owe several months of salary. 

The FBF said that the Brazilian football players association (FAPOL) had required it to pay the wages, some of which date back to March, before the tournament could take place. “FABOL asks that the FBF guarantees to cover the amounts”, said Freddy Téllez, Executive Director of the FBF in a statement (below). “The Federation currently has no funds to provide a loan or payment. We cannot take charge of contracts that clubs have signed which means that they now owe several months of salary.”

La FBF garantiza el operativo logístico y pide se inicie el torneo ClausuraLa Federación Boliviana de Fútbol garantiza…

Posted by Federación Boliviana de Futbol on Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bolivia’s División Profesional is divided into the Torneo Apertura in the first half of the year and the Torneo Clausura in the second half of the year. The 2018 Torneo Clausura takes place from 20 July to 1 December. The champion and runner-up will qualify for the Latin American football confederation’s (CONMEBOL) Copa Libertadores 2019 tournament; whilst the third and fourth placed club will qualify for the Copa Sudamerica 2019.

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