Friday March 28 2014
Leeds squad get 50 per cent of wages

The chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association Gordon Taylor has revealed that the Leeds squad have only been paid 50 per cent of this month’s wages.

Massimo Cellino’s proposed takeover of the Championship club was blocked by the Football League this week after he failed their ‘Owners’ and Directors’ Test’ following a conviction for tax evasion.

That decision is being appealed by the Cagliari chief, and in the meantime, the governing body’s head has admitted that the players are only being paid part of their earnings.

“I've been in touch with the players and the club. The players and club have had a meeting,” he told Sky Sports.

“A proportion of the players' wages has been paid via the prospective owner Massimo Cellino.

“The remaining wages will be made subject to Cellino's Football League appeal. There has been a compromise between the current owners and Cellino.

“The players are holding together and understanding of the situation.”

The appeal will be heard as early next week, Taylor also claimed.

“The players are being realistic about the situation. It's not ideal. It's obviously better for them to have some certainty, but they are holding together and will wait for the outcome of the appeal, which could be next week.

“We've been involved with the meeting between the club and the players and all parties are satisfied with this way forward.”

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