Bloem Celtic players' contracts guaranteed

Premiership

The South African Football Players Union (SAFPU) on Tuesday assured that all Bloemfontein Celtic players' contracts are guaranteed even if the club were to be sold.

Royal AM owner Shauwn Mkhize has reportedly completed a sensational R50 million purchase of Bloemfontein Celtic's DStv Premiership status.

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The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is expected to announce the transfer of ownership on Tuesday that would see the club relocate to Durban.

According to several reports, current Celtic owner Max Tshabalala notified the playing squad of the club's sale late on Monday evening.

With the players then instructed to immediately relocate to Durban within 24 hours, with the start of the new season in just under a week.

SAFPU have now moved to assure all contracted players that any existing deals with the club remained in place.

"You would recall that previously you could purchase a club's status with no regard for the players," SAFPU president Tholaganyo Gaoshubelwe tells KickOff.

"Discussions were held since then to ensure that no player is left in limbo when a buyer or investor purchases a team. It's even stated now in the PSL handbook.

All players now with contracts that are still active automatically transfer to the new buyer. It means the buyer must then inherit the liabilities along with the assets of the club.

"When a club is sold or bought, players' contracts are now guaranteed, which we are happy about."

Gaoshubelwe went on to add that the organisation would defend the rights of any Celtic player who was unfairly dismissed.

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"Matters that we can deal with at a later stage would be once a particular club is bought, and they relocate," he added.

"Let's say Celtic were to relocate to Durban, what then happens when they get to Durban, and they are told they are not wanted?

"They do have recourse because we will then take the matter to the Dispute Resolution Chamber (DRC) based on unfair dismissal or breach of contract.

"But most importantly is that their contracts remain intact, also those players that were at Royal AM if they still have a contract.

Whoever bought the GladAfrica Championship status of Royal AM, which we understand is TTM, must also respect the players' existing contracts.

"No player must be left in limbo just because their parent club has been bought."

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