Bolton Players Threaten To Boycott Remaining Games Of The Season Over Unpaid Salaries
Bolton’s players are threatening to boycott the last two remaining games of the season over unpaid wages.
The games that could potentially be affected are Saturday’s Championship clash with Brentford and the final-day game at Nottingham Forest.
The players say they have not been paid their salaries for March, and refused to train earlier this month after non-playing staff were not paid.
The non-playing staff were eventually paid as the club were relegated to League One last week.
The Bolton squad released a statement ahead of their clash with Brentford and away to Nothingham Forest.
The statement reads:
Non-playing staff were eventually paid for March, as the cash-strapped club, who were relegated to League One last week, are in the process of completing a takeover that has yet to be ratified by the EFL.
Ahead of their final remaining games at home to Brentford and away to Nottingham Forest, the Bolton squad released a statement which read:
The long running financial crisis at our club has been well documented. As has the fact that we, the playing staff, have yet to receive our March salaries.
“Five of our coaching staff are also yet to be paid for March. We have endeavoured to continue our training and playing commitments during this extremely difficult time, with seemingly no resolution in sight.
“We have been operating in a near untenable environment for some time and it is the accumulation of these issues that have resulted in our decision.
“With deep regret we have decided not to fulfil our remaining fixtures unless we are paid.
“We understand that this will disappoint our fans and for this we sincerely apologise. We realise this may be seen as drastic action but we feel we have no other options left.
“This decision has not been taken lightly and is not a reaction to this one particular incident. We have suffered numerous issues this season, and recent seasons.”
The players were also backed by the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA)
“The players have shown great patience and loyalty towards the club all season, but today, they have reached a point where action is necessary,” a PFA statement read.
“The PFA has been working with the club since the beginning of the season and we have done all we can to resolve this issue including giving Bolton Wanderers a substantial loan to cover players’ salaries in December.