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UNPAID BARRY PLAYERS THREATEN EURO BOYCOTT
BARRY Town's players could boycott next month's Champions League clash against Macedonian club FK Vardar because of unpaid wages.
The South Wales Echo says staff at the club have not been paid for seven weeks, while tensions have been building up within the camp as they prepare for their first qualifying round, first leg away tie on July 16.
If the Dragons progress into the next round, then they face a potential money-spinning tie against crack Russian outfit CSKA Moscow.
But there is unrest at Jenner Park, something which was acknowledged by club chairman John Fashanu.
He said: "The players have been told that they will not be paid until the end of the month.
"I have my financial director and accountant in at the club with the auditors.
"The figures will be a lot clearer when they are released in the next couple of weeks.
"We have uncovered massive debts. There is no scandal, we just need to take a closer look at the financial reports.
"This club is running to the tune of 60,000-70,000 a month and that is not on - it's a financial mess and it needs to be sorted out.
"I understand the players' concerns and commitments and if they want to move on, then they go with the my best whishes.
"The club needs to stand on its own two feet financially and while the manager Kenny Brown and his players have done a fantastic job on the field, we need to do the same off the field, it is as simple as that."
A player, who did not want to be named, said: "We've been having double training sessions for the last week or so and the atmosphere is not ideal.
"It has become ridiculous now. "We have spoken to the powers-that-be who say they have other bills to pay, and we'll be paid for May's wages at the end of this month.
"But that's no good, waiting for wages that are at least a month late.
"This can't carry on and there's been talk of not playing in the European games in protest.
"We have kept our side of the bargain by winning the League of Wales and cup competitions.
"Obviously no-one wants to boycott the games, having worked hard for the last nine months, but we are being pushed into a corner."
25 June 2021