Spend soccer money on Caja, Acción Ciudadana urges

The Partido Acción Ciudadana has announced an earthshaking idea. Why doesn’t the national soccer federal use the money it received for World Cup participation to bring the various soccer teams up to date with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

The soccer clubs traditionally are delinquent, and the Caja has closed some stadiums temporarily in the past over the debt.

Liga Deportiva Alajuelense alone owes 385 million colons, about $770,000, said Acción Ciudadana in a release. Nine first- and second-division teams are in the red with the Caja, it said.

The Federación Costarricense de Fútbol received between $9 and $12 million for the national soccer team to play in the World Cup matches in Brazil next year, the political party said. The federation should divide the money among the teams that owe the Caja the social security payments for its players and employees, it said.

The law requires all employers to collect 9 percent from their employees’ salaries and add 20 percent or more depending on the size of the firm.

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