Limerick FC players have outlined that they have “no other option” but to threaten the club with strike action over unpaid wages and expenses.
The First Division club also experienced financial issues last season and have been struggling to meet their commitments to the squad this season, with midfielder Sean Russell outlining in an interview with Off The Ball that he has been left personally liable for a bill of €4,500 for an essential operation.
Limerick players today issued a statement via the PFAI’s website outlining that they had unanimously voted for strike action should they fail to receive future payments from the club.
“It has been well documented over a long period of time, the late payment and player welfare issues which we as players have experienced at Limerick FC.
“We met with our representatives, the PFA Ireland, two weeks ago to express our frustration and we have decided as a team to take the decision to ballot for strike action today. This ballot returned a unanimous verdict and we will now serve strike notice on the club and if payments which fall due in the future are also not honoured then we will have no option but to take the last resort of going on strike.
“We have received numerous false promises to date of payment schedules from the club with the latest telling us that our wages/expenses for April will be paid on 23 May, 3 weeks late.
“There are still outstanding wages and expenses due to some players for March and currently the players are paying their own physio bills. The players are also fearing what will happen to them if they sustain any serious injury and if the appropriate rehab/ operation will be available to them.
“We hope the supporters, players and other clubs will appreciate that this action will only be taken if we are left with no other option.”
Limerick currently sit fifth in the First Division table as they look for an immediate return to the top flight following last campaigns relegation.