The EFL will meet the players of Macclesfield Town to discuss the current situation at the Club, amid ongoing concern of the impact of late payments of wages on the health and wellbeing of those involved and their willingness to fulfil the Club’s scheduled League Two fixture against Crewe Alexandra on Saturday 7 December and potentially other fixtures moving forward.
The EFL notes today’s latest statement from the players at the Club alongside the recent comments made by the majority shareholder Mr Alkadhi, and it is clear there are challenges to be overcome. The League has significant sympathy for the players and employees, who continue to feel the substantial impact of the continued financial challenges.
The EFL also notes the adjournment decision taken by the High Court on Wednesday in respect of the HMRC winding up order served against Macclesfield Town.
Since first being alerted to the financial challenges faced by the Club, the EFL has worked tirelessly in an attempt to source an appropriate resolution, utilising central payments to ensure players and staff were paid whilst the owner has looked to find a sustainable longer term solution to the ongoing issues. It remains the Club’s obligation to find a way to deliver on the commitments it has made both in private and public to the current issues being faced.
Last month Macclesfield Town was charged with misconduct under EFL Regulation 63.7 and referred to a Disciplinary Commission for failing to pay its players on the applicable payment due dates, with a hearing to be held later this month.
While the EFL, who will continue to provide all available support, fully understands the reasons for the position adopted by the players and their current concerns, it must also ensure the integrity of the League is maintained. Therefore, the Club will be subject to a further misconduct charge under Regulation 31.2 for non-fulfilment of fixtures if Saturday’s match does not take place as scheduled.