SOUTHEND UNITED have been hit with an EFL misconduct charge for the non-payment of wages over the Christmas period.
It was widely reported that the troubled Roots Hall Stadium outfit – who won for the first time in seventeen Sky Bet League One attempt at the weekend – hadn’t paid players and staff, although Chairman, Ron Martin, took to national radio, telling TalkSport that there was a shortfall in accounts just before Christmas and suggested that it wasn’t an issue.
However, a statement posted on the EFL’s official website explained:
Southend United has been charged with misconduct for non-payment of wages for failing to pay a number of players on the applicable payment due dates in December 2019.
Whilst outstanding payments were made in the New Year, the Club has now been referred to a Disciplinary Commission for failing to adhere to the terms of the players’ contracts.
As this matter is now subject to proceedings, the EFL will be making no further comment at this time.
Meanwhile, Blues have announced that Tom Hopper is in talks with fellow League One side, Lincoln City after the clubs agreed terms on a potential move for the striker.