Black Leopards coach Heric cries foul over African Warriors fine
Posted: 21 February 2012 Time: 13:20
Vladislav Heric admits that he is caught between a rock and a hard place following a ruling that he must pay R320 000 to his former team African Warriors.
The PSL Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled on February 16 that the Serbian must pay Warriors within 30 days for breach of contract, following his move to Black Leopards in November.
At the time of him leaving Warriors, Heric had eight months left on his contract with Warriors and he confirms that the amount he must pay now is the equivalent of what he could have earned as their coach over eight months – until June 2012 – which means Heric was earning R40 000 monthly at the First Division club.
The Lidoda Duvha coach has now broken his silence on the matter and has indirectly accused the League of double standards in an interview with KickOff.com.
"I'm going to appeal the ruling before the deadline, which is Thursday," Heric says.
"Tell me, did you ever hear in the history of the PSL that a coach had to pay such a big amount in one month?
"It has never happened. Remember when I won my case against City Pillars in 2007 after they failed to pay my salary for four months? Well, I won the case and even today I'm still waiting for that money. It has been five years. So tell me, who is fooling who here?" Heric laments.
The nomadic coach is adamant that the Warriors chairman, Jabu Khumalo, consented to his move to Leopards.
"I spoke to Mr Khumalo and we agreed on me leaving the team. He said in front of the players that he will never stand on my way to go to the PSL, because that's progress. He even spoke to Mr [David] Thidiela.
"Mr Thidiela called him [Khumalo] to thank him for allowing me to join Leopards and Mr Khumalo said it was fine. He even sent a letter to my agent, so there is plenty proof that I was right … It doesn't make sense, you know" Heric says.
If the ruling is upheld and Heric fails to pay, he may receive a worldwide ban, and he admits he will be forced into quitting the game.
"If this appeal doesn't come right, I won't be able to pay all that money in one month. It means I will be suspended and I have to go back to my country," Heric concludes.
Khumalo couldn't immediately be reached for comment.
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