Exclusive: Sheffield Wednesday players considering walking away over ongoing wages issues
The unpaid wages situation could reach new levels of anguish at Sheffield Wednesday as The Star understands a number of players are considering handing in their notice.
It has been widely reported that the wages situation at Hillsborough is a problem at present, with numerous publications including The Star stating that at least some players have not been paid for some time now.
According to Star sources, it is alleged that a number of senior Wednesday players – who are contracted to the club going into next season – are considering handing in their two-week written notice on the back of continued unpaid wages.
Wednesday – like many other clubs – are battling the effects of COVID-19, with revenue having been all but eliminated over the past 18 months or so in large part down to the effects of the global pandemic.
The Star has already reported that – after discussions between the English Football League, Professional Footballers Association and HM Revenue & Customs – Wednesday were one of several teams in the EFL who were considering putting playing staff on furlough, whilst the national media has suggested that at least some players have rejected the request to do so.
Now, with Darren Moore trying his best to put together a team capable of forming a promotion challenge in League One, there are suggestions that the situation may be worsening.
According to FIFA’s regulations: “In the case of a club unlawfully failing to pay a player at least two monthly salaries on their due dates, the player will be deemed to have a just cause to terminate his contract, provided that he has put the debtor club in default in writing and has granted a deadline of at least 15 days for the debtor club to fully comply with its financial obligation(s). Alternative provisions in contracts existing at the time of this provision coming into force may be considered.”
In short, if Wednesday were over two months late on payments, and if players did contact the club in writing, then the Owls then have two weeks to pay them up in full or the player can then terminate his deal citing breach of contract.
The club were unavailable for comment on the matter.