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Macclesfield Town charged with misconduct after late payment of player wages

Macclesfield Town have been charged by the EFL for misconduct following the club’s failure to pay its players.

The Silkmen’s players refused to take part in the club’s first round FA Cup tie at the weekend forcing Macclesfield Town to field a youth side who went on to lose 4-0 to Kingstonian.

Town’s players also refuse to train as they have been advised they are not insured – according to a BBC report published earlier this week.

Today the EFL said they have had to intervene and give £30,000 to the Cheshire club to help with the payment of players and staff. Macclesfield Town will now be referred to the EFL’s disciplinary commission for breaching EFL rules on non-payment of wages.

The EFL said: “The EFL recognises the impact the non-payment of wages has on the health and wellbeing of those involved and has been engaged in discussions with Macclesfield Town and the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) to try and find an appropriate solution.

“The Club was given until 4pm yesterday to provide a response to the EFL’s request for information in this respect. As a result of the information provided, the EFL has notified the Club of multiple charges related to failing to adhere to the terms of the contracts that are in operation.”

The EFL’s disciplinary commission has the power to impost a range of sanctions on the club including fines and possibly points deductions while the players remain undecided whether to make themselves available for Saturday’s League One fixture against Mansfield Town.

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