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Cardinal criticises Honduras coach's salary

Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez of Honduras has criticised the large salary earned by the national soccer team's coach Bora Milutinovic, saying it was a "slap in the face" for the country's poor majority.

"I don't think it's a good message for poor Hondurans," he told a local newspaper last weekend.

Amid growing controversy, Honduran soccer officials have declined to disclose the salary earned by Serbian Milutinovic, but local media put it anywhere between $A43,000 and $A107,000 per month.

Nearly half of Honduras's seven million people get by on less than one dollar per day.

Honduran soccer officials have defended the coach's salary, saying it is paid by a local mobile phone company rather than state funds.

Soccer-mad Honduras, who have not made it to the World Cup finals since 1982, appointed Milutinovic in August hoping he could steer them into the 2006 tournament in Germany. His team have so far drawn three and lost four friendly internationals.

Catholic church criticises Honduras coach's salary (The Guardian/Reuters 10/5/04)

Bora Milutinovic

13 May 2004