Bray Wanderers have challenged the Irish Sun to ‘put up or shut up’ over reports in the paper that several of the club’s players had not been paid — labelling the reports as “fake news”.
Ahead of Bray’s Premier Division match against St. Patrick’s Athletic on Friday night, SunSport reported that certain members of the squad had not been paid.
“Bray, along with other League of Ireland clubs, received approximately €35,000 from the FAI in UEFA solidarity payments,” the paper reported.
“Without it, the Seagulls – whose weekly wage bill for their squad is €10,400 – would not have been able to meet their commitments.
“Only players with an account with a particular bank received their money on time with the remainder experiencing a delay.”
— Bray Wanderers FC (@BrayWanderers) February 24, 2018
Responding to the reports, the club released a statement on Twitter accusing the outlet of being “fake news” and challenged the paper to name the players involved.
The statement read: “Bray Wanderers chairman, Gerry Mulvey, challenges Cowzer and/or O’Riordan and/or the Irish Sun to name any, or all, of the players who have not yet received their monthly wages or who were even late receiving same.
“If any of those named were even late receiving their wages, then Mulvey will donate a sum equivalent to their gross wages for the month to a charity of choice of Cowzer and O’Riordan.
“If, on the other hand, the players named were in fact paid on time then Cowzer and O’Riordan or The Irish Sun can donate those players’ gross wages for the month to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation (www.wicklowhospice.ie) which is due to host a Football Legends Charity match in the Carlisle Grounds next September.
“Over to you guys!! Put up or shut up.”