Does the PFL list review a branch of UCFC issues?

The Philippine Football League (PFL) has hinted that it may take action against clubs that do not meet roster requirements before the resumption of the 2022-2023 season next weekend amid speculation about the future of United City. FC (UCFC).

A press release issued on Friday revealed that the league will review team roster forms submitted by clubs to determine if they can be allowed to participate in the league season last played in November.

The form is described as “an essential document declaring the squad composition for the upcoming season brought about by the ongoing transfer window.” [which began last Jan. 1].”

“Upon receiving the team roster from the participating club, PFL will review the status of the rosters and the club if they are deemed eligible to compete this season. The lists will then be posted online via social media,” the PFL said.

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“Any club that does not submit or meet the necessary requirements for the team roster form will be approached by the league. As the season is halfway to its conclusion, clubs are expected to field their strongest line-up to ensure fans enjoy a high level of football,” the league added.

The PFL’s announcement appeared to have been a subtle warning to UCFC, which has been dealing with several player departures (key figures, in fact) since the transfer window began.

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Vital gears like Kenshiro Daniels, Mark Hartmann, Anthony Pinthus, Pika Minegishi and Amirbek Juraboev have left for clubs abroad, while Cholo Bugas has moved to Azkals Development Team (ADT).

Team manager Ace Bright has also left the club for a similar role at ADT, further fueling speculation.

United City have not announced any signings to make up for their departures, and their social media page is down since their last post on New Year’s Day.

Talk of financial problems and even a transfer ban being granted to UCFC circulated within the local soccer community and in fan groups on social media. The league declined to comment on those rumors.

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United City are currently in second place with 24 points, six behind leaders Kaya-Iloilo, but their status remains a question mark.

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