The game between St Patrick’s Athletic and Drogheda United will go ahead on Friday night after a threat of strike action by the Drogs players was averted.
Drogs players last weekend received about half of the 30 per cent of their salary they had been promised by the club as part of the terms of examinership.
The situation caused unrest among the squad, who believed their livelihood could be in danger if they sustained an injury against St Pats in the final game of the season on Friday.
However, Drogs have agreed to fulfil the fixture, with midfielder and players’ spokesman Shane Robinson saying: “Following this morning’s meeting, I can confirm that the players will not be going on strike. While it is a difficult position we all find ourselves in, the players intend to fulfil our obligations until the end of the season.”
Nevertheless, Drogheda’s future as a Premier Division entity remains in some danger, with the Independent Club Licensing committee having the power to remove the club’s Premier licence if outstanding debts to players are not honoured in full by November 30th.
With that in mind, club chairman Vincent Hoey urged the fans to turn out in numbers for tomorrow’s United Park encounter, with gate receipts from the game the primary source of income until the period of examinership comes to a close.
Hoey said: “I would ask all Drogheda united fans, and all football fans in general to do their bit by supporting the club tomorrow night.”
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