A series of turbulent events in Water Polo Club Partizan has been continued. After yesterday’s open letter in which former stars of the Belgrade-based club demanded the resignation of the club’s management, the press conference was held in the Partizan’s office.
Meanwhile, Partizan’s current players and coaches supported former players by their open letters and also asked the Electoral Assembly of the club. Among the other things, the coaches’ and players’ said that there hadn’t been conditions for the regular training in the Partizan’s pool Banjica for five months during this season.
Tatijana Rakas, the general director, and Mirko Bradajic, the president of the club, spoke to journalists at today’s press conference, which was interrupted by a group of parents whose kids are members of Partizan’s junior and youth teams. They came to the club’s office and demanded the resignations of the management.
Still, the press conference was held after the break.
“I talked to Filip Filipovic (who is one of the signatories of the letter – Ed). He demanded that Tatijana Rakas leave Partizan and said that he would bring people to the club. I asked him who these people are, but I did not get a satisfactory answer. I am glad that the club legends are interested in what is happening in the club. But why have they not been engaged so far? They can find out everything here in the club.”, Bradajic said.
Tatjiana Rakas told that the crisis had begun before her arrival to the club (she was appointed as a general manager three years ago, and before that, she was the financial director for a while):
“This is an obstruction created by Aleksandar Sostar (the replaced club’s president – Ed). The former players are misinformed. The club’s crisis is huge and deep, but not since the day I came to the club. I came here after Sostar called and begged me to come. I didn’t come here to get rich, or out of some personal interest, that is impossible here, I know that Filip Filipovic set the only condition for me to leave the club and then he will bring his people to the club. He was invited to come to the club and talk to us. But, he did not come. Sostar, obviously, cannot leave Partizan with dignity.”
Talking about the current financial situation, Rakas underlined:
“The debt of VK Partizan is at least 6,500,000 euros, and it is probably even higher,”
She accuses Aleksandar Sostar of the bad financial situation.
Mirko Bradajic told that Partizan currently had barely seven players in the first team and that since 2011, 87 players had left the club.