Cash-strapped Galway set to allow players leave next month

THE dire financial situation at Airtricity League Premier Division side Galway United came to a head yesterday when the club announced that all professional players can leave when the transfer window opens next month.

The Tribesmen — who are on a 14-game losing streak in all competitions, and are rooted to the foot of the Premier Division — released a statement confirming that any players on a professional contract with the club were free to leave next month.

Ronan Coleman, the secretary of the club’s Management Committee, said yesterday that the move did not come as a surprise given the club’s dwindling attendances, the poor run of form and the economic situation as a whole. “Players are owed varying amounts of money and while they have contracts which we intend to honour, the fact that they are owed wages means they are entitled to leave if they get another offer during the transfer window.

“This move does not mean we want all of the players to leave the club, and are hopeful a number of them will choose to remain on with the club.”

The announcement came after the PFAI is understood to have been contacted by two senior players at the club over unpaid wages, and the players union then held meetings with some of the players, as well as with Galway United themselves, over the past week.

Meanwhile Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic have been summoned to a hearing by the Disciplinary Control Unit of the FAI over alleged racist abuse of Derry City striker Eamon Zayed.

Pat’s have been requested to attend the hearing regarding spectator conduct and alleged racist comments.

Rovers also face similar allegations, in addition to an accusation concerning one of their players.

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