Costa Rican Champions Dealt Hefty Fine

Last week it was reported that Costa Rican champions Club Sport Herediano were fined by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Costa Rican Social Security Service). Clubs in Liga FPD are required to pay a payroll tax each season. According to the details of the fine Herediano haven’t paid that tax for four years.



Saprissa and Alajuense are the two biggest club in the nation. There’s no surprise they boast the highest revenue streams in the league. Herediano rank third in the revenue department, but recently have been struggling with mounting debt. For not paying the tax the CCSS fined Herediano ¢681 million Colones, or a little over $1 million. Interestingly enough there are two other teams in similar situations. One is Santos de Guápiles, another team in Liga FPD. They have appealed the ruling, and the fine isn’t expected to be as large as Herediano’s. The other is Barrio México, who were recently forced into administration because they were unable to pay off their debts. As a result they have been relegated to the lowest division of Costa Rican’s professional leagues.




The following details the rule in question (in Spanish):

Luis Diego Calderón Villalobos, director de Cobros de la CCSS, explicó que la Unión de Clubes de Fútbol de la Primera División (Unafut) revisa al iniciar cada torneo el estado de morosidad de cada uno de los equipos; pero además, la Institución informa todos los miércoles a esta instancia deportiva, la situación de cada uno de ellos.


Calderón Villalobos dijo que en el reglamento para otorgar licencias de clubes, la FIFA establece que los solicitantes deben estar al día con las obligaciones sociales y fiscales del respectivo país.


Calderón manifestó que los clubes morosos se exponen al cobro de intereses, cobros judiciales, cobro de servicios médicos, denuncias penales y hasta el cierre del establecimiento por estar morosos.


Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social
Deuda Clubes de Fútbol de Primera División
Datos al 09 de Enero 2014


Now in English:

Luis Diego Calderón Villalobos, director of payments of the CCSS, explained that the Union de Clubes de Fútbol de la Primera División (UNAFUT) reviews at the start of each tournament the state of each club and even more, also the Institution told every team on Wednesday of its own situation.


Calderón Villalobos said that is within the rules of giving sport licenses to teams, FIFA establishes that the applicants need to be up to date with the social and economic obligations of said country


Calderon expressed that the defaulting teams expose themselves to the cost of interests, judicial costs, medical services costs, criminal complaint and until the closing of the establishment because of defaulting.

Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social
Debt Regarding Clubs in UNAFUT
Dated January 9th, 2014

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