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Ebbsfleet United players release statement over unpaid wages

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Ebbsfleet United players have released another statement regarding their unpaid wages and say owner Dr Abdulla Al Humaidi has refused to meet them although the club has denied their claims.

The Fleet squad have been paid late in 13 of the last 15 months and are now still awaiting their April wages.

The owner reiterated his commitment to club last month and also signed a declaration agreeing to pay the players on time, but that was broken at the first possibly opportunity.

The entire squad released a statement about the club’s financial position in February and they’ve now spoken out again, also saying they were shown documents proving money transfers, but payment did not arrive. The players have contacted the National League seeking their assistance.

The statement released by the players reads: “The players have been refused a face to face meeting by Dr Abdulla Al Humaidi.

“This meeting between the players and the owner was promised in front of the invited audience in the meeting requested by the Ebbsfleet United Trust members on Friday 5th April.

“The response from the owner, when asked in his meeting with Garry Hill and Dave Archer on Friday 3rd May, was ‘I do not want to have a meeting’ after making the owner aware of the pressing concerns of the players and financial predicaments this places them in he continued: ‘No I will not be having a meeting’.

“The Players are still yet to receive their April wages with absolutely no explanation as to why it has been so delayed.
The over due wages are 13 days late to date.

“The players were asked to enter the board room on Thursday 2nd May after the sponsors evening to discuss the late payment.

“The only information the players received was of no use, a dictation of emails sent and received from the office and the owner stating absolutely nothing the players did not know already.

“Amidst the speculation, at no point did the future of any contacted players, their offers or departures mentioned.

“Having said that, although the players did not receive an explanation or resolution to the current situation they would like to thank both Dave Archer and Garry Hill for their complete and unwavering honesty in their views of not only the owner but his actions.

“Dave Archer confirmed to the squad that Dr Abdulla Al Humaidi has, and continues to mislead every employee of Ebbsfleet United FC with fabricated documents such as Telex Transfers of amounts sent on three separate occasions from Kuwait.

“The amounts corresponding to the Telex Transfers have never turned up.

“Dave Archer used his position to relay this to the playing squad time and time again knowing full well what he was relaying was not credible.

“This ploy by the owner, confirmed by Dave Archer, was intended to deceive everyone associated with the football club including employees and creditors alike.”

Archer told Kent Online: “We categorically refute the allegations being put.

“Any contracted player that wishes to move on can, until the end of May 2019, request a transfer to allow preparations for the new season.

“We would like to thank those for whom their career at Ebbsfleet has come to a natural end with the end of the season.”

Another statement from the club added: “International finance is complicated and often confusing. We are paying salaries from overseas which can encounter a host of complex requirements which delay funds – we are working hard to improve this.

“Any suggestion of attempts to deliberately mislead may result in legal action.”

Ebbsfleet’s former vice-chairman Peter Varney and the club’s former management team also say they are owed money from contractual agreements made by the owner.

The club said: “With regard Peter Varney’s statement, we can advise that the majority of payments to management have been made and loose ends are being tied up.

“With specific regard to Peter, following a series of unmet objectives, we are in legal dispute regarding sums due.”

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