“It sounds like this ‘report’ has gotten everyone worked up and somehow believing that there’s some fact behind it,” Payne told TICC in an email.
“While its true that there is a situation of some sort between FIFA and FPF, there has been nothing pending or imminent,” he continued. “In fact, we have made some calls and done some diligence and there is nothing pressing at this time.”
The issue stems from unpaid wages to former Puerto Rican national team coach Jeaustin Campos and money also owed to FIFA, all totaling up to about $150,000. In the report, former Secretary-General of the federation Frankie Gautier and an unnamed USSF source brought up the possibility of suspension, which could make PRFC ineligible to take the field.“As is normal for FIFA and these types of things, they will likely give FPF some sort of time frame to rectify the situation, much like the other issue last year which took place right before our first game.”
Payne refers to an issue in 2016 regarding a disagreement between FIFA and the FPF over the creation of a normalization committee.
Ultimately, however, the former TICCPod guest expects PRFC to take the field and remain unaffected by the dealings between the two soccer bodies.
“Long story short…there is nothing pending or imminent at all with this situation and nothing at all that we would expect to affect our sanctioning as PRFC in the short or long term.”
This comes as a welcome relief to fans of both the Cosmos and Puerto Rico FC, who are set to kick off their seasons on beIN Sports on March 25th. In the case of the Cosmos, it will be their debut on the channel after being exclusive to ONE World Sports.