Jakarta (threeriversburghblog) – League 2 club PSMS Medan has rejected reports that player salaries were in arrears.
“If we are behind it means we are not paying players who are already ‘sweating’. In the event that was brought to the NDRC, the player’s salary was not extended after his contract in the 2019 League 2 season”, said PSMS General Secretary Julius Raja when Antara from Jakarta contacted him on Tuesday.
Julius did not deny that in March 2020 his party was required to pay the remaining salary of his League 2 2019 player, Mohammadou Al Hadji, from the National Dispute Resolution Agency (NDRC) of IDR 150 million.
However, he stressed that the NDRC was about Al Hadji’s salary in the second round of League 2 2019 or when he was no longer in the roster nicknamed Kinantan Chicken.
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Al Hadji was originally signed from June to December 2019. However, after an evaluation, PSMS decided not to continue the contract from the second round of Liga 2 2019 in August.
According to Julius, one of the reasons Al Hadji was removed from the roster was because he was often undisciplined in strengthening the PSMS.
It turned out that this was a problem for Al Hadji, who was demanding that PSMS pay his salary by December 2019.
“This player only played for us in the first round of the 2nd division in 2019. We had paid salaries and compensation up to this first round,” said Julius.
However, Julius stressed that PSMS continued to respect the NDRC decision.
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The club management has fulfilled its obligation towards Al Hadji in the amount of 75 million Rp, which was paid after the NDRC decision became known. The rest will be completed in September 2020.
“We’ll be ready between this week and mid-September 2020. Everything we give directly to the players. Clean, we pay the taxes,” said Julius.
The League 2 Indonesia 2020 season will run from October 17 to December 5, 2020 with strict COVID-19 prevention protocols.
The 24 participating teams were divided into four groups, each with six clubs.
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PSMS itself occupies Group D with North Sulawesi United FC, Semen Padang, Persekat, Persijap and Sriwijaya FC. All of these group games take place in Medan and the surrounding area, as PSMS has been selected as the host.
Later, the eight best teams in the group stage advance to the quarter-finals. Here the teams are divided into two groups and the best four have the right to advance to the semi-finals.
Then the four best games and the final will be played in a single game. The two teams that make it to the final are confirmed to be promoted to Indonesian League 1 in 2021.
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Reporter: Michael Siahaan
Editor: Junaydi Suswanto
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