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The Jorge Perlaza Contract Saga: The Very Long Version

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Jorge Perlaza is a 5 foot, nine inch, 25 year old Colombian forward most recently employed by the Colombian club Tolima. He is also the most recent Colombian to be rumored to be on the Gutierrez conveyor belt to the Philadelphia Union.

However, Perlaza seems to have some contractual complications back in Colombia. He had a contract with Tolima which expired on December 31, 2010. It has been reported that Perlaza signed a subsequent contract with Tolima. The timing of this contract is unclear. As reported in terra.com (emphasis added):

Perlaza sigue en duda

El delantero Jorge Perlaza aún no se ha presentado a entrenamientos y tampoco ha tenido una conversación formal para arreglar su situación con el presidente del equipo, Gabriel Camargo.

Según fuentes cercanas a Terra, el atacante fue la semana pasada a un entrenamiento pero no habló con nadie, ni siquiera saludó a sus compañeros.

Perlaza alega que su contrato vencía el pasado 31 de diciembre, mientras que Camargo dice que a él todavía le falta mucho para cumplir su obligación contractual con el equipo pijao.

Sin embargo, el presidente lo ha esperado en repetidas ocasiones para mantener una conversación y llegar a un acuerdo, pero el jugador no ha aparecido.

Terra intentó comunicarse con Perlaza, pero no recibió respuesta por parte del delantero.

My cleaned up Google translator translation (beware – I have guidebook/audio course Spanish ability):

Perlaza remains in doubt

The striker Jorge Perlaza has not yet reported to training and has not had a formal conversation to fix the situation with the team’s president, Gabriel Camargo.

According to sources close to Terra, the attacker was at a workout last week but did not talk to anyone and did not even greet his teammates.

Perlaza alleges that his contract expired on Dec. 31, while Camargo says he still has a long way to fulfill its contractual obligation to the team Pijao.

However, the president has repeatedly hoped to have a conversation and reach an agreement, but the player has not appeared.

Terra attempted to contact Perlaza, but received no response from the striker.

The statement in bold is far from clear about the nature of the contractual complication. According to reports out of the Colombian media, Perlaza claims to have entered into two contracts at the same time with Tolima. His original contract was due to run out on December 31, 2010, but he signed another contract due to run out on December 31, 2013 during the term of his original contract. This situation would be highly unusual, as it is not normal for contracting parties to have two contracts between them overlapping in the same time period.

More information about the contract situation was reported by El Pais (some emphasis added):

El máximo inversionista y Presidente del Deportes Tolima, Gabriel Camargo, instó al delantero Jorge Perlaza a que cumpla con el contrato que, según dijo, firmó a comienzos de 2011.

Perlaza es el único jugador ‘Pijao’ que no ha trabajado al mismo ritmo de sus compañeros en la pretemporada. Se ha mantenido al margen de la prensa y su comunicación con el Cuerpo Técnico, en cabeza de Hernán Torres, es mínima.

El futuro del delantero, más allá de la posición del Presidente Camargo, es todavía incierto. Perlaza pasó su carta de renuncia al contrato con el Tolima que venció el 31 de diciembre pasado, pues su deseo personal era cambiar de divisa.

”Él, a comienzos de enero, ya me había firmado otro contrato que ahora quiere desconocer y que tiene vigencia por tres años”, aseguró el Presidente del Deportes Tolima.

El ex senador Gabriel Camargo tiene toda la intención de hacer valer el contrato firmado por Perlaza y dijo que el jugador será inscrito en la lista que la escuadra ‘vinotinto y oro’ registrará oficialmente en Dimayor, para la Liga Postobón I de 2011.

A manera extra oficial se habla de ofertas que algunos empresarios manejarían para Jorge Perlaza en la ‘Major League Soccer’ de Estados Unidos.

My translation (with the same warnings):

The top investor and Chairman of Deportes Tolima, Gabriel Camargo, urged striker Jorge Perlaza to comply with the contract which, he said, was signed in early 2011.

Perlaza is the only ‘Pijao’ player who has not worked at the same rate as his peers in the preseason. He has stayed away from the press, and his communication with the coaching staff, headed by Hernán Torres, is minimal.

The striker’s future, beyond the position of President Camargo, is still uncertain. Perlaza sent his letter of resignation to the Tolima contract that expired Dec. 31, because his personal desire was to change teams.

“He, in early January, already signed another contract and now wants to ignore that it is effective for three years, ” said the President of Deportes Tolima.

Former Senator Gabriel Camargo has every intention of enforcing the contract signed by Perlaza and said the player will be registered in the ‘burgundy and gold’ squad list in Dimayor, official register for the League Postobón I, 2011.

Unofficially, there is talk of offers that some entrepreneurs will manage for Jorge Perlaza to go to ‘Major League Soccer’ in the U.S.

The report in El Pais is very clear that the second contract was signed in January, 2011, at least according to Comargo. This would mean that there were no overlapping, or simultaneous, contracts, as the first contract expired December 31. In this case, the second contract would be very difficult to set aside.

An interview with Perlaza directly contradicts Comargo’s characterization of the contract situation and makes no mention of the January, 2011 contract. Perhaps there was both a double contract situation and new contract in January, 2011. The most important part of the interview as it relates to the contract is here:

“FUI INOCENTE Y FIRMÉ DOBLE CONTRATO”

La razón por la cual Gabriel Camargo afirma que Jorge Perlaza aún es integrante del Deportes Tolima, a pesar de que su contratación caducó el pasado 31 de diciembre, es que existe otro contrato firmado por el delantero que lo liga hasta el 2013. El problema es que éste último fue firmado el mismo día en el que se selló el primero.

“Cuando yo llegué en el 2007 me hicieron un contrato por cinco años, pero en el 2008 me lo cambiaron por dos de tres años cada uno. Fui muy inocente en aceptarlo sin saber que eso está prohibido. Tiempo después fue que me vine a enterar que los contratos dobles no están permitidos. Le conté eso al senador Camargo, pero siempre decía que no había ningún problema”, afirmó el delantero.

Y agregó: “Ya hablé con la Asociación Colombiana de Futbolistas Profesionales (Acolfutpro) y me dijeron que ese contrato final no es válido. Por lo tanto, estoy haciendo las cosas bien y tengo la conciencia tranquila”, puntualizó el jugador.

Translation:

“I WAS INNOCENT AND SIGNED A DOUBLE CONRACT”

The reason why Gabriel Camargo says Jorge Perlaza still is a member of Deportes Tolima, despite his contract which expired on Dec. 31, is that there is another contract signed by the striker that lasts until 2013. The problem is that the latter was signed the same day that the former agreement was concluded.

“When I arrived in 2007 I did a five-year contract, but in 2008 I changed it to two of three years each. I was very naive to accept it without knowing that it is forbidden. Later I found out that double contracts are not allowed. I mentioned that Senator Camargo, but he always said that there was no problem,” said the striker.

He added: “I spoke with the Colombian Association of Professional Footballers (ACOLFUTPRO) and was told that the final contract is invalid. Therefore, I am doing well and I have a clear conscience,” said the player.

The Colombian media is reporting that Perlaza will ask the Colombian FA to void the new contract, but the team still has the ability to call for a hearing on the matter if it was to lose to Perlaza because of the voiding of the contract. Of course, the parties could agree to void the contract. It seems unlikely that the Union would be willing to buy Perlaza’s contract, as they seem only interested in free international transfers at this time.

Recent reports in Colombia now list Perlaza as one of Tolima’s outgoing players. Perlaza looks like an interesting prospect for the Union, and I feel we could still use another experienced striker. Let’s hope that this situation is resolved.

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  • Didn’t know that football is that big in the United States
    Well, written.
    It’s kinda funny how a person can say, “I was Innocent and signed a double contract!”
    Well, this is an article written by me, please have a read
    http://kratik1987.blogspot.com/2011/02/dalglish-we-are-back.html
    It is a must read for all Liverpool and Chelsea fans

  • I found this situation in that the player and team management were making completely opposite claims about material points. Either someone was lying or one of the papers got it wrong and was misquoting someone. Perlaza has supposedly signed with the Portland Timbers, so the issue was resolved in favor of him being able to leave.

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