Published: 13:36 | 23/3/20

Bohs to honour contracts


Bohemian FC has said it will honour the contracts of all players and staff until the original end date of the current campaign on December 4th.

The announcement will come as welcome news for all concerned following Cork City’s statement saying the club will not be paying players and staff beyond next week.

This followed Sligo Rovers’ decision last week to lay-off all players and staff with immediate effect.

The future of all League of Ireland clubs has been thrown into serious doubt due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

All games have been cancelled, with the closest mooted resumption date of June 19th still more than 12 weeks away.

The Phibsboro-based club also said the situation was “under constant review”.

“We wish to clarify that it is our intention to honour all of our contracts/salaries with players and staff in full, with a small amendment to factor in that the season has been extended by an extra six weeks, which we are discussing with our management team and playing staff,” the Bohs statement from Sunday night said.

“Obviously, the situation will be kept under continuous review as the ongoing developing situations in other countries at the moment have taught us that things can change quickly. If anything does, we will advise everyone accordingly.

“Had this crisis hit in any number of previous seasons, we would have struggled to pay wages, let alone fulfil contracts in their entirety,” the statement continued.

“We wish to put on record that it is only because of the hard work done in recent years, both on and off the pitch, and the continued support of the members and fans of the club, that we can fulfil our obligations to our players.

“The revenue generated by the record number of members and season tickets sold this season has put us in a position where we can now protect the interests of our staff as much as possible.

“Had this crisis hit in any number of previous seasons, we would have struggled to pay wages, let alone fulfill contracts in their entirety.”

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