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Ebbsfleet United issue second statement over unpaid wages

By Steve Tervet

Ebbsfleet United players have issued a second public statement criticising the club's owner.

They first went public to KentOnline over late payments in February, breaking their silence in extraordinary circumstances.

Fleet managing director Dave Archer confirmed on Tuesday that March's wages were still outstanding, before players and staff were eventually paid on Wednesday afternoon.

Ebbsfleet United players Picture: Andy Jones
Ebbsfleet United players Picture: Andy Jones

The statement, issued by the players earlier on Wednesday, reveals for the first time details of the document Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi signed before Saturday's win over Wrexham.

The players refused to warm up while they waited for the chairman to agree to their demands.

The statement said: "The players have never asked for anything more than the mutually agreed, and signed terms of their contracts, nothing more.

"The complete and utter disregard Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi has shown to not only the players but their families is an absolute disgrace.

"We are still unpaid our previous month's wages that were due 25th March 2019.

"The owner signed a document stating that the outstanding wages due will be paid in full by 5pm on the 1st April 2019.

"We have still not been paid along with no apology from the owner.

"The document also stated, and signed in confirmation by the owner, that wages for April 2019, May 2019 and June 2019 will all be paid in full on the due date of the 25th of each month and no later.

"The document continued to state that all players will be given substantial evidence of their pensions paid up to date by the 27th April 2019, end of the National League season.

"The players would like to put on record that the fans have been fantastic in their support of the playing squad through this incredibly difficult time.

"We would also like to add that K Sports training facilities have been more than accommodating with their professional and supportive approach to our needs.

"We have attended all training sessions and games with 100% commitment throughout this period."

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