Wigan chairman Talal Al Hammad confirms players have now been paid

Wigan Athletic chairman Talal Al Hammad confirms players have now been paid after they went on strike and refused to train with the club having failed to deliver wages on time for a FIFTH time this campaign

  • The players refused to train until they were paid their wages by Wigan Athletic
  • Marks the fifth time this season that players’ wages haven’t been paid on time
  • Chairman Talal Al Hammad confirmed that the players had now been paid in full 

Wigan Athletic finally paid their players on Friday – but only after the squad went on strike and refused to train.

Wigan were docked three points by the EFL on Monday for failing to pay the wages for the fourth time since June, leaving the club eight points from safety at the bottom of the Championship with eight games remaining.

When the money had still not reached their bank accounts yesterday (fri), the players decided to stay away from the club’s Christopher Park training ground until the issue was resolved.

Chairman Talal Al Hamad wrote an open letter to say sorry for the ‘cash flow issue’ and promised it will not happen again amid concerns that Wigan will struggle to meet the next wage payments due on April 7.

Chairman Talal Al Hammad confirmed in an open letter published through the club that the wages had been paid

Wigan players refused to train as they awaited unpaid wages for the fifth time this season

Wigan Athletic centre-back Steven Caulker, 31, hit out at the owner’s ‘scandalous lies’

‘Firstly, I can now confirm our players wages have been paid,’ wrote Al Hamad who also confirmed that chief executive Mal Brannigan has left the club.

‘I can only apologise for the delay and the stress it’s caused the players and staff involved as well as you, the fans and wider stakeholders.

‘This issue has now been resolved and I can assure you that the late payment of wages will not happen again. It simply cannot happen again.’ Earlier, defender Steven Caulker issued a scathing statement which included a quote about injustice by WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Caulker quoted Julian Assange in a LinkedIn post writing ‘the money still hasn’t arrived’

Former Tottenham and QPR centre-back Caulker wrote: ‘The lies us players have been told by Wigan Athletic is absolutely scandalous.

‘There may have been reason for late payment once or twice, but for the boys to have experienced this 5 times this season is completely unacceptable.

‘Furthermore, what is concerning is that we are due to be paid again on the 7th April and the club are unable to confirm whether they will have enough funds for this.’

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