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Torpedo Moscow players strike over unpaid wages

May 19, 2015

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.

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