Pompey players go unpaid

Portsmouth have confirmed that the majority of their first-team players have not been paid salaries for the month of November.

Premier League's rock-bottom club continues to struggle financially

Portsmouth have confirmed that the majority of their first-team players have not been paid for the month of November. The news, originally broken by Sky Sports News, comes as the latest controversy to hit the Premier League's bottom club and it is understood a religious festival in Saudi Arabia has slowed the payments. A delay, though, is a repeat of events seen at the end of September when Pompey admitted their players had not received wages, blaming 'a delay in the transfer of funds' following Sulaiman Al-Fahim's takeover. The club subsequently handed over the money owed to their squad, but Al-Fahim still struggled financially and Ali Al-Faraj bought the majority ownership at the start of October. Pompey have now verified that players have again gone unpaid, with a short statement saying: "Portsmouth FC can confirm that the majority of the first- team squad have not yet received their November salaries.

Confusion

"A proportion of their wages will be paid tomorrow (Friday) with the club's new owners working towards paying the remainder over the next few days." Confusion has continued to surround Fratton Park and fees are still owed to the likes of Chelsea for the signings of players such as Glen Johnson, who has since moved on to Liverpool, which earned a transfer embargo. Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor is concerned by the fact that players have gone unpaid, telling Sky Sports News: "You can understand much better problems in the Football League and lower down. "Chester City, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace, Watford - players have shown a great deal of solidarity and sympathy and understanding and deferred wages. "But if that is happening in the Premier League I'm sure it is not good for the image of the game and if it is the case it is not going to be highly thought of at the headquarters of the Premier League either. "There can't be any good reason in the Premier League with the money they enjoy from television income alone, never mind sponsorship. "That is what life is about in football, paying wages of the players. "I thought this had been solved with the change of ownership at the club a few weeks ago. We had this earlier in the season."

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