IF YOU thought the Global FC saga wouldn’t take a turn for the worse, it just did. Rick Olivarez reported a stunning update that the owners simply informed the players that basically they were done via a group chat and—get this—simply left the conversation.
It’s like an irate customer telling a telco to shove its latest proposal where the sun doesn’t shine and abruptly leaving the conversation. But in this case, the one left in the conversation is the one who is owed money, the disgruntled customer.
Decency has left the conversation, you could say.
Why the ugly twist? Just as I suspected, the new owners are blaming the older owner, in this case, Mazinyi Management (new) and Mark Jarvis (old). Olivarez wrote that Jarvis showed him a contract between himself and Mazinyi signed on Jan. 11, 2020 for the investment, an investment that the potential new owners said wouldn’t be happening.
One thing interesting about the report is that the new management promised the players the club would be using the New Clark Stadium as their home field and that, for me, raises a lot of alarm bells. That is going to be used by the National Sports Academy, which will be run by the Philippine Sports Commission, and the agency hasn’t made any announcements regarding any deals with Global FC for the use of the stadium. And to be honest, had I heard of one, I’d warn the PSC to be wary of making such deals considering the predicament of the club over the past two years.
Left holding the empty bag in all of this are the players, some of whom have left their day jobs or rejected other contracts to suit up for Global FC. And in the time of the pandemic, not getting paid is a double whammy.
Mazinyi put all the blame on Mark Jarvis, who I believe only got involved in local club football when he tried to bail out Global a couple of years ago as his son was on the team. Unfortunately, since then, as team owner, his attempts to resuscitate the club have been unsuccessful. His latest attempt, linking with Mazinyi Management, has turned into a horror show.
Can the Philippine Football League and Games and Amusements Board still do something about this and help the players collect what they are owed? I hope so. I also hope the league and the agency can also sanction the owners and send a message (no need to leave the conversation) that such actions won’t be tolerated.
Their dreams already shattered during the pandemic, these Global FC players deserve a break and some good news.