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EFL says Bolton must play remaining fixtures as players boycott over unpaid wages

The English Football League (EFL) board has said Bolton Wanderers FC will be forced to play its final two SkyBet Championship fixtures, in spite of a player boycott over unpaid wages.

The club’s penultimate SkyBet Championship fixture versus Brentford on Saturday had to be postponed after players refused to contest the match until their outstanding wage obligations were met.

The club agreed a sale to former Watford owner Laurence Bassini earlier in the month. Bassini had promised funds would be made available to the club immediately, but players continue to protest they haven’t been paid in weeks. The club has already been relegated to EFL League One for next season.

Bolton chairman Ken Anderson released his own statement saying: “Despite numerous promises and assurances to the playing staff, management, non-playing senior staff and myself, Mr Bassini has continuously failed to provide any financial funding whatsoever.”

He went on to say: “From the outset, Mr Bassini has continuously assured me that he had sufficient personal funding to take the club forward to the next level. Over the last three weeks it has become patently obvious that this may not be the case.  Indeed, earlier this week he provided a conditional offer of funding from a broker which the EFL have confirmed is not acceptable in its present format.”

In conclusion Anderson said “I have decided to give Mr Bassini until close of play on Monday to complete the outstanding matters, or l will have to consider exercising the alternative options available to me. The ball is now firmly in Mr Bassini’s court.”