Wages issue arises again at Limerick FC

Article by Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS

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Between the Stripes Match Day Live was present at Tolka Park last night, as Shelbourne ran out deserved 2-0 winners against a well below par Limerick side in a crucial First Division tie. However, while taking nothing away from what Shelbourne boss, Ian Morris described as the “Reds” best performance of the season, Limerick’s well below par showing may be explained by a breaking news story on the night regarding issues surrounding players wages at the Munster club.

Local Limerick journalist, Mike Ahern publicly announced the latest financial crisis to hit the Market Field based outfit on Twitter during our live broadcast of last night’s game between “Shels” and Limerick FC. After the game, Ahern tweeted the following:

“Limerick FC lose for only second time this season. Just 4 points off the too. Tough trip to Longford before next home game on May 3rd. Of more concern is players are owed wages, it's a shocking way to treat a group of players who have broken their backsides this season.”

BetweenTheStripes.ie has since spoken to sources within Limerick FC, who have officially confirmed an on-going issue regarding payment of players. This news comes as a major shock to followers of the First Division, given Limerick’s fantastic start to the 2019 campaign.

Relegated last term, Limerick were not expected to be among the main challengers for promotion this season but manager, Tommy Barrett has performed something of a minor miracle to have side just four-points off the top after nine league outings.

However, to others the off-field situation is perhaps of little surprise given the club were involved in similar headlines last season when players threatened strike action over unpaid wages, an issue which was later resolved.

New major sponsors have come aboard at the Munster club this season and it is believed that talks involving a new consortium have long been on-going in regards to taking the club off the hands of long-time chairman, Pat O’Sullivan, who has for some time now been publicly declaring his desire to sell the club.

With this latest off-field saga now in the public domain, it remains to be seen what action, if any, the clubs players may take should the issue not be fixed in a relatively swift manner. A refusal to train has been muted in some quarters, although it may be slightly early to suggest such a result. However, with a trip to high-flying Longford Town up next for Tommy Barrett’s charges, this now looks set to be another difficult few weeks and perhaps months for the club and its long suffering supporters.