Football: GAB puts Global FC on blacklist

Published September 23, 2020, 8:09 PM

by Jonas Terrado

Global FC
Global FC before one of its matches during the 2019 Philippines Football League season. (PFL photo)

Global FC, once the golden standard of Philippine football but has fallen on hard times, suffered another blow after being blacklisted by the Games and Amusements Board.

GAB came up with the decision after Global did not respond to a show cause order to explain its side regarding the club’s failure to pay the wages of players and staff.

“We are unhappy about what happened and we are acting on the complaint of the players whose livelihood and careers have been affected,” said GAB chairman Baham Mitra. 

“I hope this serves as a deterrent and lesson to others who may do the same. GAB’s mandate is to look after the welfare of our professional athletes and we intend to do just that,” added Mitra.

The decision could be the end of the road for Global, known for winning multiple trophies during its days in the defunct United Football League under the ownership of Philippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami.

Mark Jarvis took over the club in 2018, but numerous players have complained about unpaid wages since that time, co-inding in cellar-dwelling finishes in the last two Philippines Football League seasons.

“Global FC management should understand that it is our duty to protect professional athletes, particularly when there are allegations of non-payment of compensation,” Mitra said. 

“Thus, to avoid legal actions in court, we urge Global FC to comply with the provisions of the contract they entered into.”