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Dalymount Park in Dublin, home of Bohemian FC. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Dalymount Park in Dublin, home of Bohemian FC. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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Dalymount Park in Dublin, home of Bohemian FC. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Bohemians have reassured their players that their wages will be paid as the League of Ireland struggles to cope with the impact of COVID-19.

The Phibsboro club have also sounded "a note of solidarity" to those clubs who have been hit with the financial implications of the crisis.

Last week Sligo Rovers laid off their entire staff and Cork City stated they could not pay the wages of the squad after this week.

Across the water some clubs have already made their playing staff redundant or told them to take massive paycuts.

But after talks involving club captain and PFAI rep Keith Buckley, Bohs have told their players and backroom staff that wages will be paid and contracts will be honoured.

Contracts at Keith Long's club will be extended to account for the additional six weeks in a season now due to finish in December so the squad are due to receive the full value of their deals, but with a reduction in terms for a period until football resumes.

"We can build a plan to protect the interests of both the club and our players," the club said in a letter to members last night.

"It is our intention to honour all of our contracts/salaries with players and staff in full, with a small amendment to factor in that the season has been extended by an extra six weeks, which we will discuss with our management team and playing staff."