PFA seek League action over Macc cash row

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The Professional Footballers Association have requested the Football League to implement sanctions against Macclesfield Town over a pay dispute.

Macclesfield players are seeking legal advice and looking to cancel their playing contracts after the club have, once again, failed to pay their salaries.

It’s the tenth time wages have not been paid on time and the second time this season and players have also complained to the EFL. Players and staff asked the English Football League for help after they went unpaid last month before wages were eventually paid two weeks late.

The players’ union have spoken with the EFL to look at what sanctions can be implemented against the club.

The PFA are also exploring alternative ways of providing financial assistance to the players.

The EFL have confirmed it has been engaged in discussions with Macclesfield Town and the PFA regarding non-payment of wages.

The organisation says the club’s obligations in this respect are clear, and while they understand there has been some technical challenges to overcome, it is understood these are in the process of being resolved.

The EFL says it remains concerned the matter is still outstanding and recognises the impact the ongoing impasse is having on the health and wellbeing of those involved.

The league say discussions will continue as a matter of urgency to ensure an appropriate resolution is found.

The club have previously been taken to court by players over unpaid wages and were due to pay salaries on Thursday.

Last week, a winding-up petition against the club was adjourned for a sixth time in six months, with the club’s bosses implying Brexit is hindering their financial situation.

Macclesfield owe an undisclosed amount to HM Revenue & Customs and first had the petition adjourned in May, with monies owed then reported to be £73,000.

The EFL contacted the League Two club earlier in October to request their observations prior to September’s wages eventually being paid.

The financially-troubled club preserved their place in League Two last season under then-manager Sol Campbell despite their players considering boycotting the final match of the campaign.

On the pitch it has been going relatively well for the club under new boss Daryl McMahon with the club sitting 15th in League Two.

Andy Worth, chair of the Silkmen Supporters Trust, said in October that fans hoped a consortium – whether it be local businesses or from overseas – can come in and put the club on a stable footing.

He said “There is a collective angst from the majority of Silkmen fans we are in danger of succumbing to the same sort of fate as Bury.

”Bury were double the size of us in terms of home gates, it is particularly worrying our last home game had 1,350 home fans.

”We have fantastically loyal supporters and as a fan I can understand why so many feel strongly enough to vote with their feet, but ultimately who does it impact on?

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