Belfast Telegraph

Wells denies U21 pay issue

By Stuart McKinley

Irish FA chief executive Howard Wells last night denied that the association are refusing to pay the under-21 international squad.

The IFA is in the process of conducting an investigation into an incident at the team hotel before last month's matches against Luxembourg and Moldova and Wells insists the fees and win bonuses will be paid as soon as that is completed.

A mobile phone video of two players involved in sex acts with a girl in one of the hotel rooms while still dressed in their team clothing entered circulation and after news of that broke, Wells asked every player in the squad for a statement.

The players are owed a total of £500 each, £150 for each of the two games, with an additional £200 in win bonuses after the two victories.

"We are still in the process of dealing with this issue and our report is close to being concluded," Wells told the Belfast Telegraph last night.

"This is not something we can take lightly and it has to be investigated.

"Statements have been requested, there was a delay in receiving some of those and we need to make sure they tally up.

"It is not a case of the IFA saying we aren't paying the players or suspending the payments, because the cheques will be released in the next few days."

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