THE playing staff of defunct League of Ireland club, Sporting Fingal, have launched proceedings to have their contracts paid out, as further details of its financial activities are revealed. Around 16 players who were made redundant when the club went bust last month have written to Fingal County Council asking to be paid, which could leave the local authority with a bill amounting to an estimated € 640,000 if successful. And it's emerged Sporting made a nonrefundable payment in the region of € 20,000 to Bohemians FC for use of Dalymount Park this season, without ever kicking a ball as a tenant at the stadium.
'We've sent a letter to the council requesting that the money we're owed be paid,' a former Sporting player told the Fingal Independent. 'We just want what we're owed.
'There were at least 16 players contracted last year and we met with the PFAI, before we sent in letters individually. We haven't had a response yet.' Wages at the former League of Ireland club ranged from an average of € 40,000 a year, up to € 50,000 for top earners, meaning players could be entitled to a collective pay-out of more than € 600,000 if successful.
Fingal County Council confirmed at Monday's council meeting that the company which ran the club - Sporting Fingal FC Ltd - had ceased trading and was in the process of winding down its affairs. Meanwhile, the former head of the council's human resources department, Jim Cunningham, has been appointed a director of the club, documents filed with the Companies Registration Office (CRO) have revealed. Mr Cunningham, who retired from the local authority last year, was appointed on March 2nd, a change in director document – signed by club secretary, John O'Brien – has confirmed.
Publican, Tony Gibney, resigned as a club director on March 9th, the CRO paperwork explained, while Richard Whelan, an ex-official in the council's community department, ceased to be a director last May – upon his council retirement – a retrospectively-filed document noted.