The Western Sydney Wanderers made their way to Morocco in fairytale style for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that runs from Wednesday, December 10 through to the final on December 20. The club, in only their 2nd year of existence, won the AFC Champions League to earn a berth.
In winning the AFC Champions League they became the first Australian side to accomplish that feat but the FIFA Club World Cup provides a new and more challenging feat. The Wanderers open their campaign on Saturday with a match against the CONCACAF Champions League winner, Cruz Azul. If they win that match they advance to face the UEFA Champions League winners, Real Madrid, with a spot in the final on the line.
But the team has threatened to boycott the tournament due to a disagreement over pay for the players. The dispute arises from the fact that the FIFA Club World Cup does not fall under the A-League’s Collective Bargaining agreement.
The club is offering to pay the players a percentage of the earnings on a sliding scale starting at 10% for the first match and increasing to 50% should they make the final.
The players believe they should receive the same compensation as for the Asian Champions League which was a flat 50% of the price money.
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