Update on Limerick players strike
BetweenTheStripes.ie has been in contact with sources throughout the day in Limerick, as the first-team players strike continues this week over unpaid wages and expenses. With the Munster club set to host Cabinteely in the SSE Airtricity League First Division this Friday night, Limerick FC players have indicated they will not make themselves available for action should payment of last months wages for the clubs professional players and overdue expenses for the teams amateurs not be forthcoming.
As a result, Limerick FC chairman, Pat O’Sullivan indicated to the players union (PFAI) earlier this week that all monies owed would be paid up by today (Thursday, 23/05/19). The latest update BetweenTheStripes.ie can bring you just shy of 6PM is that the clubs professional players have been promised full payment this evening, while amateur members of the squad have agreed for payment to take place next week in order for the paperwork involved to be completed.
With that news in mind, tomorrows game at the Market Fields now looks set to go ahead as planned, while manager Tommy Barrett today responded to suggestions he may field underage players in an attempt to reduce the impact of any potential strike action.
Speaking to 95FM, Barrett commented “I co-ordinate a youth justice project in my day job. I would never play a kid that’s not ready. Even the lads I do pick, I’ve five under-19’s in the squad, I dip them in and out.”
As of yet, there has been no official comment from Limerick FC today to update supporters of the situation and as a result, even with assurances from Pat O’Sullivan, doubts will continue to linger until money is physically placed into players accounts and sources close to Limerick FC have informed us the players are willing to wait until the morning of the match against Cabinteely for payments to officially go through.