Macclesfield Town’s squad have issued a statement saying they will not play their League Two game against Crewe on Saturday after they have once again failed to receive their wages on time.
Following similar problems last month, the BBC is reporting as of last night, wages for November for both staff and players remain unpaid.
The damning statement said the emotional wellbeing of the squad is at ‘rock bottom’ and that reports that it is business as usual at the Cheshire club were hugely wide of the mark.
Earlier this season, a league game against Mansfield and a cup tie with Kingstonian both came under threat, but in the end, both fixtures the club fulfilled both fixtures.
The latest news came after reports emerged yesterday the Silkmen owe former manager Sol Campbell £180,000, and he’s backing an HMRC winding-up petition in a bid to get his money.
The petition was heard by the High Court yesterday but was adjourned for the eighth time, with the club due back in court on 18 December.
Cheshire Live is claiming Crewe will make representations to a disciplinary commission for the three points in the event of strike action cancelling the game.
The EFL has made an announcement this afternoon in which they say they are set to meet the players to discuss the situation.
The statement said: ‘The EFL will meet the players of Macclesfield Town to discuss the current situation at the club amid ongoing concern of the impact of late payments of wages on the health and wellbeing of those involved and their willingness to fulfil the Club’s scheduled League Two fixture against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 7 December and potentially other fixtures moving forward.’
It is not a comfortable situation for the much-criticised organisation. They are currently appealing a decision by an independent commission, they set up, to suspend a points deduction penalty and part of fine imposed on Bolton after they failed to turn up for a fixture at Brentford last season and then controversially cancelled a League One game with Doncaster Rovers this season.
Bolton cited the emotional wellbeing of their young squad as a reason for the cancellation in similar terms to the words used by the Macclesfield players.
The latest statement also confirms the club will face disciplinary action if they fail to fulfil the fixture to ‘ensure the integrity of the League is maintained.’
The EFL’s laissez-faire approach to football governance is finally coming home to roost.
After failing to deal with the Bolton and Bury situations in good time and with transparent propriety, they now face another almighty mess at Macclesfield.
The integrity of League One this season is already in doubt, and it would now appear the same problem is set to occur in League Two.
The whole governance of football in this country is a disgrace.
Of that, there is little disagreement amongst the most important people in football, the fans.