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Delaney intervenes in bid to settle bohs pay dispute

A LAST-MINUTE intervention by FAI chief executive, John Delaney, prompted Bohemians duo Brian Shelley and Steven Gray to cancel a press conference planned for yesterday to explain their reasons for pursuing a winding-up order against their employers due to unpaid wages, writes DANIEL McDONNELL.

And it now appears as though the FAI are prepared to deduct future prize-money from Bohs and promise it to the players, with whom the Phibsborough club have been unable to agree redundancy packages with as a means of alleviating the crisis at Dalymount Park.

It's possible they could reach agreement with Shelley and Gray by Monday, thus avoiding a High Court date for the Gypsies which might have serious implications for their future.

FAI officials -- in discussions with the players union, the PFAI -- had tried in vain during the week to stop Shelley and Gray from going public on their grievances. However, Delaney successfully entered the fray early yesterday morning and the FAI officials duly sat down separately with Bohs and player representatives in a bid to resolve the situation.

The Bohs players have not been paid since November. Originally, 10 were in contract for 2011, but that number has dwindled with Paul Keegan joining Doncaster, and Aaron Greene set for Peterborough.

Irish Independent