FIFPro, the global organization defending players’ rights, have fined the large majority of Chilean professional women’s football clubs. The clubs were responsible for health and safety violations, the organization says. Delays with payments were another often returning issue.
A lack of clean or professional team jerseys, no hygienic services for players and neglecting to pay social security contributions: the list of violations found by FIFPro-inspections at Chilean professional women’s football clubs is as long as it’s appalling.
Chile has at the moment 36 clubs with professional women teams, of which 14 compete in the first division. Under a new professionalization law, 50 percent of the players in these squads must have professional contracts. However, the majority of the clubs did not comply with this rule, inspectors found, who fined 25 of the 36 clubs with fines totaling USD 230,000 for several violations.
“These violations included not providing work clothes, lacking hygienic services for the players, neglecting to pay social security contributions, and failing to eliminate workplace risk factors, such as not having showers”, a FIFPro-declaration reads.
“It is deeply concerning that some clubs are still not in compliance with the requirement to hire at least 50 percent of their players in this first year – but what is truly unacceptable is that clubs are not adhering to minimum standards for female players to perform their duties as workers”, said Camila Garcia, director and founder of Chilean women’s players association ANJUFF.
Editor-In-Chief Boris van der Spek is the founder of Chile Today.