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The professional footballers of Neuchâtel Xamax do not train tomorrow, Wednesday 19 October, to protest against non-payment of their wages for the month September.

 

The Swiss Union of professional footballers, SAFP, announced on Monday that the players had still not received their  wages. They had given an ultimatum to pay their  wages for the month September by Monday afternoon, 5 pm. If they would still not have received their wages by then, then they would refuse to train as from Wednesday. 

 

With this action the players hope to prompt the club’s management of Xamax to immediately transfer the  wages due for the month September.

 

‘In case this action does not bring about the desired result, the players will take further action with the full support of SAFP. A match boycott will then be one of the possibilities’, explained Lucien Valloni, president of the SAFP.

 

 'We don't know why the salaries have not been paid. We have tried to get in contact with the club, but they did not even respond to us.'

 

Valloni: ‘The SAFP has urged the Swiss Football League to introduce special emergency measures in order to protect the players’ wages. We have asked for a change of the rules: wages should be guaranteed at the start of the season.’