Wednesday 23 January 2019

Bray heading towards brink as club fail to meet FAI's wages deadline


Bray Wanderers captain Conor Kenna leads out his team
Bray Wanderers captain Conor Kenna leads out his team
PFAI General Secretary Stephen McGuinness. Photo: Matt Browne / Sportsfile

John Fallon

The continuation of Bray Wanderers as a League of Ireland entity is lurching towards the brink after the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) opened disciplinary proceedings over delayed wages.

Players at the beleaguered club, bottom of the table and staring at relegation to the First Division, haven't been paid since May 25 and the club failed to meet a deadline imposed by the FAI.

After the deadline of 5.0pm yesterday, the Players Football Association of Ireland (PFAI) confirmed monies remained outstanding and strike notice would be served today.

While the FAI imposed a transfer ban and removed them from the 2018-19 IRN-BRU Scottish Challenge Cup, it is little comfort to players awaiting wages to pay mortgages and bills.


In a separate development, players at Limerick FC also threatened strike action yesterday over unpaid wages, but after a meeting with the FAI last night the club said the outstanding wages would be paid to their players today.

However, secretary of the PFAI Stephen McGuinness cut an exasperated figure last night. He insisted that the players receiving what they're due might not be sufficient to avert the Bray boycott.

"Our members at Bray will play against Bohemians this weekend and then they we will look at strike action for the Cork City game at home," said McGuiness.

"Players have to be paid the wages owed and security of the wages given for the rest of the season.

"It's not just about wages - and there's only two weeks to the next one due - but ensuring this won't happen again this season. This cannot happen every month. It needs to be sorted now."

The FAI, after their deadline proved fruitless, said: "While the club insist that they are moving closer to a resolution, the FAI have imposed sanctions on the club following their failure to transfer monies owed to players by the set deadline."

Irish Independent

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