Western Sydney upset over Club World Cup pay
SYDNEY (AP) — Asian Champions League winners Western Sydney Wanderers left for the Club World Cup in Morocco on Sunday but its players are reportedly involved in a dispute with the A-League club over payments for the FIFA-sanctioned tournament.
Local media said the dispute comes from the club’s offer to pay players just a 10 percent share of the minimum $1 million the Wanderers received for qualifying for the tournament.
A spokesman for the Professional Footballers’ Association said the players departed Australia as a “sign of good faith” and hoped further negotiations would take place.
Western Sydney has not won a match this year in the A-League after nine games — it has three draws and six losses and sits in last place.