Saturday 16 December 2017

Pompey players call in PFA to resolve unpaid wages debacle

Sam Wallace

THE Portsmouth players called in their trade union yesterday to demand assurances from the club that their unpaid wages would be paid by the end of the week.

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) was told that its members would get paid by today although there were no promises as to the long-term future.

The PFA will despatch delegate Nick Cusack to Fratton Park today to talk to Ali al-Faraj's advisors about the future of the club and ensure that players are paid for the month of December.

Gordon Taylor, the chief executive of the PFA, said: "It has been very delicate. Arrangements have been put in place that the players will get their money this week. We also looked at the long-term approach in terms of the ownership but it would be naive to say that has been all sorted."

Portsmouth chief executive Peter Storrie has also indicated that Al-Faraj, the new owner, has now taken away his responsibilities involving the finances of the club.

Storrie said yesterday: "I don't deal with the financial side at all. I haven't done so since the takeover. I have not been involved in the players' wages meeting." (© Independent News Services)

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