EFL Investigating: Macclesfield Town Over Non-payment of Wages.
The English Football League has begun a formal investigation into Macclesfield Town’s failure to pay their players.
Players at the League Two club went on strike last week over unpaid salaries.
Macclesfield have until 16:00 GMT on Wednesday to satisfy the EFL’s request for information, with the threat of beginning disciplinary proceedings “if matters cannot be resolved”.
In that eventuality, an independent disciplinary commission could impose financial or sporting sanctions.
It was reported on Monday that Macclesfield’s players had been advised not to play or train because they were not insured.
However, according to BBC Radio Manchester, health insurance premiums have now been paid and players returned to training on Tuesday.
The EFL’s statement said Macclesfield would be expelled from the Leasing.com Trophy if they failed to fulfil Wednesday’s group fixture against Shrewsbury Town.
But that game is set to go ahead and will feature members of the first-team squad who were on strike for Sunday’s FA Cup first-round defeat by non-league Kingstonian.
Macclesfield’s team for that game featured six academy players and five loanees, and was played against the backdrop of supporter protest at the Moss Rose.
However, the EFL have secured payment of wages for the League Two side for the period of July and September through the use of solidarity and basic award payments
The EFL are investigating Macclesfield Town under EFL Regulation 63.7 in light of allegations made by both the players and the PFA in respect of non-payment of wages.
If matters cannot be resolved then the EFL Board has authorised the commencement of disciplinary proceedings and under such circumstances, the independent Disciplinary Commission will have the power to impose a full range of sanctions as set out in Regulation 92.
The PFA said it was in discussions with the EFL and requested they begin the process of implementing sanctions against Macclesfield, after they failed to pay its players on the due date for the 10th time.
The Silkmen’s first-team players went on strike over unpaid wages before their FA Cup first-round tie with Kingstonian on Sunday.
They were forced to play six youth team players and five loanees in that game as they suffered a 4-0 defeat to the non-League side who play in the seventh tier of English football.
The EFL has asked for and received assurances from the club that it can meet its obligations to field a team in accordance with EFL Trophy rules for Wednesday’s fixture with Shrewsbury Town.
In the event they fail to comply then they will forfeit the tie and be expelled from the competition.