Global FC is standing by latest prized acquisition Rufo Sanchez, saying the one-year ban slapped on him by the United Football League was "highly irregular."
Sanchez, the league’s reigning Golden Ball and Boot winner, was banned from all UFL competitions for a year after getting in the middle of a contract dispute between Global FC and former team Stallion.
Sanchez signed a contract with Global last month after insisting his deal with Stallion expired last August - a claim Stallion coach Ernie Nierras disputed by saying the strike star is still under contract until next year.
Global owner Dan Palami earlier said he carefully reviewed Sanchez’s previous Stallion contract before signing the Spaniard to a new deal.
“The People’s Club would like to reiterate the regularity of the contract of Mr. Sanchez and that the signing was made in good faith,” read the statement posted on Global’s website on Wednesday night.
Global criticized the UFL’s disciplinary committee for remaining “silent on the more important issue involved, which is Mr. Sanchez’s contractual status."
“Instead, the United Football League Disciplinary Committee dwelt on minor issues which would have been solved already if not for its silence and indecision over the player's contractual status,” the statement said.
The UFL disciplinary committee decided to impose the sanction on Sanchez on the basis that the Spaniard played for Global in the Singapore Cup, ignoring the ruling that he refrain from playing for his new club until the contract dispute had been settled.
Global argued that Sanchez’s sanction was “highly irregular,” saying the Singapore Cup was not a UFL-sanctioned competition.
“UFL wields no power to determine who can and who cannot play for Global FC in the Singapore Cup, a tournament outside of UFL's jurisdiction. Only Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has the power to determine the eligibility of the players participating in FAS tournaments,” the statement read.
Global has since sought the legal help of the Philippine Football Federation Disciplinary Committee under chairman Atty. Enrico Ingles.
“Global FC is confident that the PFF will decide in the best interest of the Philippine football community,” the statement read.