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Morecambe FC confirm late payment of wages

Wages have not been paid to staff or players at Morecambe FC.

In a statement, the Board of Directors said:

‘’The Club was expecting to pay its players and staff today, Friday 26th April 2024, ahead of the normal due date of the 28th of the month. 

‘’We appreciate that, despite pay not yet being contractually due, there was an expectation that wages would be paid today ahead of the weekend.

’’We also completely understand how frustrating, unsettling and demotivating that this issue is to our people, who work so hard every day.

‘’Throughout April and this week, the Owner has repeatedly assured the Club that funding would be provided to cover wages. Unfortunately, we have not yet received this funding, making it impossible to pay salaries at this time.

‘’Nevertheless, we will continue to do all that we can to rectify this before the 28th.’’

The Shrimos are due to travel to Swindon Town tomorrow for the final game of the League Two season.

The statement continues:

‘’Due to the uncertainty, a number of first team players have expressed concerns about playing tomorrow without having received their pay today, and we acknowledge their feelings.

‘’Regardless, we will ensure that a team takes to the field at Swindon Town for the Club’s final game of the season.

‘’We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the dedicated staff, players and supporters who continue to fight every day. The Board of Directors fully understands and shares the frustrations being reasonably expressed by people who love the Club as we do.’’

Morecambe are currently under a transfer embargo imposed by the English Football League (EFL) due to a matter regarding a VAT payment due to HMRC.

The Shrimps were also deducted three points from their league total earlier this month after the conditions of an ‘Agreed Decision’ were breached following non payment of wages in March 2023,

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