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Friday, June 20, 2008

PFA Block Chester Transfers

The Football League have placed a transfer embargo on Chester City after a request from the PFA.

The PFA have requested the embargo after the majority of players had not been paid for at least two months. The PFA have issued a statement:

In response to recent reports with regard to Chester City's attempts to sign players for the 2008-09 season, the PFA wishes to clarify the situation to ensure that all members are fully aware of the issues that the club is currently facing.

The PFA has provided financial assistance to the club for some time to assist in the payment of players' wages. The majority of the players currently at the club have not received any payment for two months, or more.

The PFA have, therefore, advised the Football League of the monies outstanding to the players, and the Football League has applied Regulation 46.1 and placed an embargo upon the transfer of any registration by the club until such times as the payments due to the current playing staff are made.

It was felt it was incumbent on the PFA to advise its members of the potential difficulties that this club is facing at the present time.

Regulation 46.1 reads: If following written notification from the Professional Footballers Association, a Club is found to be in default of any payment due in accordance with a Player’s contract or payment in consequence of termination of such Contract, the Board may place an embargo on any transfer of any registration by such Club until the payment is made.

Chester had announced the signing of former Yeovil midfielder Anthony Barry yesterday, and were in negotiation with a trio of other players including prolific striker Luke Beckett. The PFA had previously had issues with Chester over the suspension of two players towards the end of last season, and the club had been warned in each of the last two seasons on breaches of their wage cap.