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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Greene - Bray case a disgrace

FAI set Bray 5pm deadline to pay wages to players

UNFAIR: Aaron Greene in action for Bray Wanderers against Daniel Cleary of Dundalk back in April
UNFAIR: Aaron Greene in action for Bray Wanderers against Daniel Cleary of Dundalk back in April

Former Bray Wanderers player Aaron Greene believes that the FAI need to examine their own role in the debacle which has left his previous club in the middle of the biggest crisis in their history.

Bray's players have now gone without wages for seven weeks and the squad plan to serve strike notice on their employers tomorrow.

Their next game, away to Bohemians on Friday, will go ahead no matter what but Wanderers' next match, at home to Cork City on Friday week, would be in danger.

The FAI finally reacted to the crisis over the weekend with League Director Fran Gavin telling RTE that the association had held talks with Bray officials and informed the club that unless player wages were paid by 5pm today, "sanctions" would be taken against the club.

Not acceptable

"The situation is not acceptable at Bray Wanderers and we are working to get it fixed, we have given the club a deadline of Monday to get it sorted," Gavin told RTE.

Gavin did not confirm what form those sanctions would take and players remain unconvinced that the overdue wages can be paid by close of business today. The squad is also concerned about how the club will fund wages for the rest of the season.

Ex-Bray players Daniel Kelly (now Bohemians), Craig Walsh (now Longford) and Ronan Coughlan (now Cork City) all made their first appearances for their new clubs over the weekend while Greene played for Rovers in last week's Europa League loss to AIK.

"The FAI have to look at themselves. You see clubs doing their best in Europe last week and this week but players at other clubs not getting paid, that reflects badly on the league," says Greene.

"How licencing agreed to give them a licence for this season I don't know. For a lot of these players, football is their sole income and people don't realise they have bills to pay.

I feel so sorry for every player at that club. You sign a contract and it should be honoured, We didn't get on too well at the start of the season, they'd hit a bit of form but now it's all fallen apart with the lads not getting paid.

"If they don't get paid I hope those players get to play elsewhere.

"It shouldn't happen. I was delighted when I signed a two-year deal with Bray, you'd like to think that will be honoured. Football is my sole income so I was relying on it but it's hard when you hear that you are not going to be paid," added Greene.

"For a team which hadn't trained, to go out and beat Sligo the other week shows the character of those players.

"I know Gerry Mulvey is hoping to get money in to pay the players.

"But even if they do leave they are still owed seven weeks' wages."

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