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Aug 7, 2008

Football Federation hit by another scandal

Story PictureControversy seems to follow the Football Federation of Belize and the man at the centre of the storm is its President, Dr. Bertie Chimilio. The allegation this time has come from the past coach Palmiro Salas who coached the Belize team to a win in round one of the qualifying games of the FIFA World Cup Series against St Kitts held in Guatemala. Chimilio is being accused of short-changing Salas, a Guatemalan national who was contracted back then but was replaced by Ian Mork who was with the Belize team in Houston and Monterrey. Salas visited News Five today to say that while he has collected five thousand dollars in payment from Chimilio, there is an outstanding balance of twenty-one thousand which he intends to collect.

Palmiro Salas, Former National Team Coach (Translated)
“They have not liquidated my salary for the six months that I worked. I prepared the team, I prepared them to qualify for the game against Mexico and it seems that it went well for them. Everyone else has been paid, all the players, the other coaches but they haven’t paid me. I came here from my home in Guatemala to pick up my money but all they gave me was five thousand dollars and they owe me twenty-six thousand dollars. How is it possible that the federation do this to a coach that has done a good job? They fired me.”

Marion Ali
“What are you gonna do now to get your money that you feel they owe you?”

Palmiro Salas
“First I am asking the federation to be responsible with what they promised me and if they don’t pay me I will find a lawyer and take them to court.”

“Who do you have the problem with?”

Palmiro Salas
“With the federation and the president.”

Marion Ali
“Is it Chimilio?”

Palmiro Salas
“Yes Chimilio the president.”

Marion Ali
“What are you going to do now?”

Palmiro Salas
“Well now I will wait for them to pay me and if there’s a way for me to be a part of the federation once again for the Gold Cup in Panama, if not then I will go to Nicaragua or another Caribbean island as they requested my services. But Belize is first on my list. I have a son here and I love Belize very much and I want Belize to continue to prosper.”

Meanwhile, News Five contacted head of the Football Federation of Belize, Dr. Bertie Chimilio, who declined comment saying that he owes Salas nothing and that Salas can sue if he so chooses. Chimilio said Salas was with the F.F.B. for only six months and the agreement was that he would collect fifteen hundred dollars a month for his services. The five thousand dollars that Salas collected, according to Chimilio was the amount the F.F.B. owed him and that was what was paid. We did not get a copy of the contract with Salas, but we do know that the Belize team was paid on July eighteenth for the games in Houston and Monterrey.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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