Bernard Parker And Mohammed Issah Stopped From Leaving Belgrade Airport

South Africa striker Bernard Parker and former AmaZulu midfielder Mohammed Awal-Issah attempted to leave Red Star Belgrade, but were returned from Belgrade Airport by club officials who promised to pay them their outstanding wages by the end of April.
This is the latest news emerging from the crisis-stricken 1991 European and world champions, who are on the verge of bankruptcy and possible closure.
has already reported that many players have not received wages for months, with some struggling to pay for rent and food.

Red Star, the club with the most national titles in the former Yugoslavia and the only Serbian team to have won the European Cup, reportedly owes more than €27 million to its players and creditors.

If the money is not found soon, Red Star may have to declare bankruptcy and cease to exist under the current structure. Photographs on the web today showed the club’s iron gates heavily padlocked.

Another report carried in the Belgrade newspaper Blic says Mike Makaab, who manages both players, has told the newspaper that Red Star must pay the two former Premier Soccer League players what they are owed.

“The situation is not pleasant, but I hope that it will be resolved in the next 48 hours," he said. "Otherwise both will have to leave Red Star. I am hoping that it does not come to that because they are both fit and are playing well.”

Questions have also been raised in Belgrade as to whether the two African players will be punished for their action.

However, a Red Stars sporting director told Blic that no decision has been taken yet. But he added that he did not think so as the two players’ grievances were serious and justifiable.

Red Stars fans recently burned plastic stadium seats and clashed with police during an away match against their main Belgrade rival Partizan. The 2-0 loss to Partizan left Red Star 14 points behind their rivals and dashed their hopes of winning the League title.

“It’s tough concentrating on a game when you are not getting paid for it,” said Red Star’s Macedonian coach Cedomir Janevski. Meanwhile, Slovenian defender Mirnes Sisic said he faced eviction from his Belgrade flat as the club failed to pay him salaries since he joined during the mid-season break in January.

“If Red Star can’t at least give me money for a roof over my head, never mind what the club owes me in wages, I will have no choice but to go back to Slovenia and stay with my parents,” Sisic said.