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Maulers In Cash Flow Crisis 17/11/03
With the number of fans attending football games decreasing and the number of sponsors willing to pump money into PSL teams (especially the 'smaller' clubs) also decreasing, a number of clubs are faced with financial difficulties in managing their teams.

Former league champions Manning Rangers is one of the teams which is in red. With their wage bill growing climbing all the time and their income constantly declining down, the Mighty Maulers could be forced to sell their team if things do not improve.

The team from Durban does not have a sponsor and they rely only on the monthly grant from the league which is R350 000.

With the wage bills and the travelling expenses going up and no other money coming in to their coffers, they have been accused of using the 'big' teams to make money - when Rangers hosted Kaizer Chiefs they charged the fans R30 instead of the maximum of R20 which the league stipulates.

Kaizer Chiefs are not happy with this development and have written to the management of PSL.

"What Manning Ranger did is illegal, it is fraud because beside over charging our fans they were selling them tickets which were marked R15 for R30. We have written to PSL to get the copy of the agreement that Manning Rangers said they have with them," Kaizer Chiefs PRO Putco Mafani told SASOCCER365.COM

"We don't know anything about the arrangements that the PSL have with Rangers. That's why we have requested the league to show us their arrangement with them.

"We take these kind of things very seriously because it is fraud to make our supporters pay more than anyone else, we want to get all the facts together and if our supporters were robbed of their money Manning Rangers will pay for it," Mafani said.

He continued: "This season the PSL said that in the open stands clubs must not charge more than R20 but in the grand stands and the VIP boxes it was up to the clubs and we don't have a problem with that but when it comes to the open stand we don't want people to cheat and fraud our fans."

But the general manager of Manning Rangers, Afzal Khan told this website that what ever happened was above board and he does not know what people are crying about.

"We only charge R5 extra and that R5 was only charged for the people who bought their tickets at the gates. I wrote to the general manager of PSL, Bafana Dlamini, stating that the extra five rand was paid only by people who bought their tickets at the gate.

"This ties in with the PSL's policy of having the fans buy their tickets from Computicket before the match day for all big games"

He also added: "For this said game even Bafana Dlamini was at the match and what people are saying is madness, we follow the rules of the games and that extra money was approved by Dlamini"

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