Unpaid Wages At Keighley Cougars

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22 November 2018

The Rugby Football League has placed Keighley Cougars in special measures over unpaid player wages since August according to the BBC.

The League One club is also not permitted to contact or register any players with the governing body.

Head coach Craig Lingard has resigned in protest at the situation while one former player told BBC Sport how he had to borrow money to pay his bills.

Neither the club nor its owners Austria Holdings are yet to respond to requests for comment.

On Tuesday Keighley missed a latest deadline imposed by the RFL to settle the unpaid wages of staff and players.

"We're concerned about and monitoring the situation," a RFL statement said. "We have been given assurances the players will be paid this week.

"If that doesn't happen, that would clearly be another cause for serious concern. We are also seeking clarity over the club's governance."

Keighley are yet to start pre-season training, which was due to begin last Thursday, while the League One fixtures for 2019 are set to be confirmed on Monday.


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