Canadian goalkeeper David Monsalve won’t be sporting official training gear when he practices with with his CD Suchitepequez teammates. He won’t look out of place. None of his teammates will be wearing team-issued track tops or pants or shorts, either.
The players, who propelled their side to a top-of-the-table finish in Guatemala’s top league, are basically in a work to rule situation. As they prepare for the playoffs — CD Suchitepequez is the No. 1 seed — they are also letting the country know that they aren’t happy about not being paid.
Monsalve said Tuesday that the club squared its January accounts with its players, and the team members have received about 90 per cent of their February pay. But they haven’t been paid for March or April. The payments come in dribs and drabs. So, the players are basically in a work-to-rule situation.
“We haven’t been paid in a while,” said Monsalve, the former Toronto FC and FC Edmonton keeper who had to turn down a Canadian national-team invite last year while he was with Colombian side America de Cali. “It’s an issue with the directors, and the whole country knows what is happening. Something fishy is going on.”
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