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Unpaid Bolton stars threatening to go on strike


Deal agreed: Laurence Bassini
Deal agreed: Laurence Bassini

By Mark Walker

Bolton's Championship fixture against Brentford was postponed late last night after the squad refused to play unless they received unpaid wages for the past month.

A statement released on the Bolton club website read: "Bolton Wanderers Football Club regrettably confirms that Saturday's Sky Bet Championship fixture against Brentford has been called off. The club would like to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause."

The English Football League confirmed the news and released their own statement which read: "Following the failure of Bolton Wanderers to provide formal confirmation of its ability to meet its obligation to fulfil its Championship fixture against Brentford FC on Saturday, April 27, the game will not go ahead as planned.

"Earlier on Friday, the playing staff at the Club issued a collective statement confirming that they had decided not to fulfil the remaining fixtures of the season unless they received monies owed to them.

"As a result of these disappointing developments, the League has been forced to suspend Saturday's fixture and under EFL Regulations, the Club is now deemed to be guilty of misconduct and will be referred to an Independent Disciplinary Commission."

Bolton were granted a further stay of execution by the High Court earlier this month.

The Sky Bet Championship outfit faced a winding-up petition on April 3 over an unpaid tax bill but the case has been adjourned until May 8 to allow the proposed sale of the club to proceed.

Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini has agreed a deal to buy Bolton, subject to approval from the EFL.

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