Liga MX Side Puebla President Says Club Has Started Making Owed Payments
Liga MX Puebla President Jesús López Chargoy announced that "the club has started to pay its players the salaries they have been owed after the players said on Tuesday that some are owed payments dating back more than three months," according to Jaime Zambrano of LA AFICION. López Chargoy said, "It is being paid. Obviously, as leaders, we have the responsibility to fulfill the contracts we have with them. ... As leaders, what we do not want are distractions, and [the players] do not want external distractions either. ... If on Sunday [against UANL Tigres], we do not have an answer on the field, it complicates the situation" (LA AFICION, 3/15).
PAYMENT DEMANDED: In Mexico City, Ricardo Magallán reported following Saturday's game against Mérida, Mexican second division side Celaya players "made an unusual proposal regarding two months of debt that players and coaches are owed in salary." Just "as the players posed for a photo to be taken, they all covered their faces with paper bags." Phrases "like 'pay me' were written on the bags in reference to the two months that have passed since players last received their salaries." The "gesture was aimed directly at the club execs' box," where club President Alejandro Márquez was sitting. The "complaints go beyond economics, as players have already complained about traveling to road contests on matchdays" (LA AFICION, 3/16).