Senior Uruguay Football Players Support Strike by Uruguayan Mutual of Professional Soccer Players
A number of senior Uruguay men’s football players have shown their support for the ongoing strike by the Uruguayan Mutual of Professional Soccer Players (MUFP). The strike, which began on September 7, involves footballers from Uruguay’s top two divisions, Primera and Segunda. The players went on strike after clubs failed to vote in favor of reforms proposed by the MUFP, with the main issue being an increase in the minimum salary for players in the Second Division.
The MUFP released a statement on September 7, stating that since the clubs had not reached an agreement on their proposals and all deadlines had passed, the players have decided to “suspend official activities.” In response to this, senior Uruguay players such as Facundo Pellistri from Manchester United, Darwin Nunez from Liverpool, and Jose Maria Gimenez from Atletico Madrid have released a joint statement expressing their support for the strike and their colleagues.
The statement reads, “In relation to the current situation that our local colleagues are going through, who since September 7 have had to adopt trade union measures that imply no official competition, in defense of their legitimate interests, we, the football players of the senior national team, declare the following: Our full support and backing for the measure adopted, understanding that it seeks to establish necessary reforms to the collective agreement in force, in pursuit of a modernization that is essential in our football, and thus adapt its situation to that of any developed country.”
The players also denounce certain club directors who they believe are responsible for the current situation. They claim that these directors have prioritized political and economic interests that do not align with the development and well-being of Uruguayan football. The players argue that these leaders have repeatedly refused to introduce the necessary reforms to modernize football in Uruguay.
The senior Uruguay players emphasize the importance of implementing reforms that prioritize the well-being of football players. They believe that players should be able to develop their profession in a dignified environment with fair working conditions. The statement concludes by calling for a reform that recognizes football players as the main asset of the sport.
Meanwhile, the Uruguay men’s national team is scheduled to play against Colombia on October 12. This match will be their next opportunity to showcase their skills and represent their country on the international stage.
In conclusion, the support shown by senior Uruguay men’s football players for the strike organized by the Uruguayan Mutual of Professional Soccer Players highlights the importance of addressing the concerns and needs of footballers in the country. The players believe that necessary reforms are required to modernize Uruguayan football and ensure fair working conditions for all players. As the strike continues, it remains to be seen how the clubs and authorities will respond to the demands put forward by the MUFP.