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The players of Once Caldas have warned the leaders of their club: if they have not received their salaries at the 15th of April, the footballers of the Colombian champions will not travel to Lima, Peru, for a crucial match in the Copa Libertadores, the most important club tournament in South America.

 

The footballers wrote a statement - with the title Wake-up call - to the board of Once Caldas. ‘We, the entire squad of professional players and coaching staff of Once Caldas, want to express our displeasure with the fact that you as an employer have not fulfilled your obligations.’ Our situation is untenable given the fact that on March 31st three months have passed with unpaid wages and no contributions to our social security.’

 

The players demand that before Friday April 15th, Once Caldas will pay at least two months of salaries and social insurances. If not, the footballers and the coaching staff will not play their last group match in the Copa Libertadores, at Peruvian side Universidad San Martín.

 

ACOLFUTPRO, the Colombian association of professional footballers, totally supports the players of Once Caldas. ‘We are constantly in contact with them and will supply them with all juridical support necessary.’

 

Once Caldas is the current leader of the Liga Postobón, the highest division in Colombia. In the Copa Libertadores they have a slim chance to progress to the next round, but in order to advance they must win in Peru and hope that rivals San Luis do not beat already qualified Libertad.

 

It is not the first time the players from Once Caldas have decided to take action. In September 2010 they organized a strike in order to received their back wages. Once Caldas is coping with a reported deficit of approximately 3,000 million pesos (850 thousand euro, 1 million USD).