Soccer / J. League

Players make cash demand to JFA

Kyodo News

Japan national team players are prepared to boycott future friendly matches unless they are given a significant pay rise, the Japan Pro-Footballers Association said on Monday.

“We have no plans of backing down,” said Tetsuro Kiyooka, executive officer of the JPFA.

Lawyers from the JPFA and the Japan Football Association are scheduled to meet Tuesday.

“We cannot comment as we are leaving the situation in the hands of our lawyers,” the JFA said.

According to Kiyooka, the players are demanding two things from the JFA: an increase in match winning bonuses, and a share of the revenue from their own image rights.

Japanese internationals currently receive anywhere from ¥100,000 to ¥200,000 for every match they win, but are asking for a minimum of ¥1 million.