Unpaid Argyle players may strike

Last Updated: 02/09/11 9:06am

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Several Plymouth Argyle players are considering going on strike having not received their wages yet again.

The players had been given assurances that they would be paid after it was announced that Bishop International Ltd had funding in place for a takeover of the financially stricken club, who remain in administration. However, it was revealed today that they had not received payment for August.

The npower League Two side are due to visit Burton on Saturday but it is not yet clear which players will be involved after a potential strike was mooted.

Team captain Carl Fletcher has admitted the wages situation "can't get any worse".

He told BBC Spotlight: "We've got bills to pay, houses to live in. We need a roof over our head, and many of us have kids. It's getting to the point that people are going to have to move out and sell their houses."

The Plymouth Argyle Fans Trust released a statement saying: "Despite firm assurances, the players and staff at Argyle have once again not received payment of their wages. The Argyle Fans Trust would like to express in the strongest possible terms its disappointment, frustration and anger at the further delays in the ongoing sale of the football club."

Manager Peter Reid can see the players' point of view and said on Sky Sports News: "Understandably they have got concerns and they are having a chat. Discussions are ongoing."

Goalkeeper Romain Larrieu added: "We are discussing the fact that we might not be on the pitch on Saturday. We need a discussion one way or another.

"That's where we are now. The PFA (Professional Footballers' Association) are on the problem and are trying to give us as much information as they can."

Plymouth did not wish to comment on the matter when contacted on Thursday afternoon.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has called for an early resolution to the saga.

He told Sky Sports News: "It can go one way or the other and of course we hope the club are safe. This is a situation that needs to be resolved as soon as possible.

"At the moment I'm feeling the players will hold together for the club and of course the supporters who are the main people. We've got to deal with the reality of the situation, we are going to do everything we can do from the PFA to keep the club together.

"Unless we look after the base of the pyramid, if that starts to crack, then it will affect the apex. It is important that we do all we can and show solidarity to the players in the Football League.

"It would be unfair of me to give false hope but there are a lot of people working very hard to save the club.

"It is just so close to coming to a conclusion one way or another and we hope that the end result will be worthwhile."

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