Cork City have taken the decision to stop paying their players and staff from next week onwards due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic sweeping the nation.
The League of Ireland club announced today that they would cease all payments after this week as they would not be in a position to pay anyone due to the league having been shut down.
It was originally thought that games would be postponed until the end of March, however, it has in since been announced that no SSE Airtricity games will go ahead until June, 19 at the earliest.
A statement from Cork City FC can be read below:
“These are difficult and uncertain times for everyone and our thoughts are, first and foremost, for the well-being of our players, staff, supporters, sponsors and the wider community.
“Since the cessation of football was announced, the club has been in active discussions, both internally and externally, regarding the effect the shutdown would have on the club. There have been ongoing talks between the National League Executive Committee, the FAI and the PFAI, along with regular communication between all Premier Division clubs via the Premier Clubs Alliance. It is our fervent hope that all of these parties will continue these communications and will arrive at a solution regarding support and/or funding for clubs during this crisis.
“However, as it was announced yesterday by the FAI that the league shut-down will last for a significant period until June 19th, and that the number of games will be reduced, we also have to act in order to secure the long-term future of the club. Attempting to balance our duties as an employer with our responsibility to safeguard the club has been an extremely difficult proposition.
“The club has been working on a number of initiatives to generate revenue and, while we are immensely grateful for the support we have received thus far, this comes nowhere near replacing the revenue that would have been generated by playing matches.
“To that end, the club has informed all players and a number of our staff and coaches that they will be paid in full, as normal, next week, however, the club will not be in a position to continue paying their wages beyond that point. We will work with our staff with regard to the recently announced government funding for workers affected by this unprecedented crisis and do everything we can to help and support them.
“We believe that this action, while regrettable, is the most prudent approach we can take to ensure that the club will be in a position to offer employment once the football resumes.
“We would like to thank everyone for their support and assure them that we are doing everything within our power to manage this situation in the best interests of our club and it’s employees.”
Chairman Declan Carey said about the current situation:
“These are extremely difficult and unprecedented times. The board has daily discussions on the latest financial position of the club and this decision was not an easy one. We are responsible to our shareholders to make these difficult decisions in the best interests of the overall future of the club. We hope things can return to some level of normality soon, however, we urge all our supporters to continue to help the club through this next period of uncertainty through buying merchandise, and supporting our online fundraising initiatives.”