Torpedo Moscow players strike over unpaid wages
MOSCOW (AP) — Torpedo Moscow’s players are refusing to train in protest at months of unpaid wages as many Russian clubs battle financial problems.
Torpedo’s vice-president Boris Ignatyev told Russia’s Tass news agency that “the players didn’t come to training” Tuesday.
They have reportedly not been paid since January due to a shareholder dispute.
The strike comes at a time when many Russian clubs are struggling to pay players due to the weak economy and last year’s drop in the value of the ruble.
Three Premier League clubs — Torpedo, FC Rostov and Amkar Perm — have been told they will not be given a license to compete next season unless they clear certain debts, according to Russian media reports.