“In respect for the club’s fans and to clarify the situation inside the club, we would like to confirm that financial dues have been delayed for several months. Despite this fact, we opted to be silent as we appreciated the club’s difficult situation in the league,” Ismaily players said in a joint statement.
The Suez Canal side, which is considered one of the country’s prestigious football clubs, has been suffering since the season start; lying at the bottom of the league table with only eight points from 13 matches after a series of poor results.
The Dervishes won a single league game, lost in seven and held to a draw in the remaining five games.
“After several broken promises from the club officials to solve the problem, we had no other choice but [to issue this statement] to clarify the situation,” the players’ statement added.
The players' statement came just hours after the club announced on Sunday that the players already received 25 percent of the value of their contracts since the current board was elected. The club added that it has decided to withhold the remaining dues due to the poor results.
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