Interesting player dispute is surfacing in Australia that I thought I would bring to your attention.
Dwight Yorke, the former hero of Sydney FC is still owed $250,000 of unpaid wages from his time at the club last season. His management team has brought legal action against the club.
However, Sydney FC is counter suing Yorke for $450,000 because he overstayed his allocated ‘holiday time’ playing and training for his international football duties. These duties did not interfere with his playing for Sydney, as it was outside the regular season.
Personally I think Sydney has a small chance of winning this case, unless it was stipulated in the contract that he was forbidden from training outside the club, which is highly unlikely. Players are expected to be released for international duty at certain times, and it being the World Cup, I’m sure it was more than reasonable.
The only outcome that may favour Sydney is that Dwight be fined for missing certain sessions with the club, and this could be taken out of his owed wages.
Thanks to Fox Sports for the story.
– Chris Lesley