Date: 1st January 2010 at 10:34am
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For a 3rd time this season, and a 3rd in 4-months Pompey have FAILED to pay the players, and staff, well at least on time – previously this was paid, but paid late so I can only assume that the same will happen again…

They are ‘expected’ to be paid on Tuesday with a statement issued saying: ‘Portsmouth Football Club expect to pay their first-team squad’s December salaries on Tuesday, January 5.

‘The club has been speaking to the Professional Footballers’ Association and the players have been informed.

‘The club has been assured of receipt of funds by Tuesday and the owner and board have been working hard on resolving the short-term delay.’

It is NOT just the players that have not been paid there are other ‘non-playing’ staff members, people who I suspect cannot afford to be without this money, that have not been paid as well with an ‘error’ causing this delay…

A further statement, from a spokesman, told The News: ‘the problem was due to a file not being loaded properly at the bank. It wasn’t processed properly.

‘The club apologise and if there are any knock-on effects financially for employees the club will reimburse them.’

Before anyone says it, yep it might not be on The Pompey Site but these ARE official statements – and it is true payments, players and staff go through on different payrolls, have not gone through on time. I have chased this up and not ALL official statements made are released through the official site…

Players and staff were said to be aware of this before it came to the public light.

Ok, perhaps they WILL be paid at some point – as they have previously – but it IS a basic necessity that wages are paid, and paid on time despite other financial problems. Other messes we are in might be down to other people buy paying the wages is NOW down to those in charge, so not doing this on time once was ‘unfortunate’, twice ‘shameful’ a third time is just plain ‘unacceptable,’ right?

Is there anyway to defend this? Can you defend the indefensible – I know some will say they have eventually been paid, but they SHOULD be paid on time…

PLAY UP POMPEY!


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