Ebbsfleet United have released an official update in response to a statement from the playing squad given to Kent Online at the end of last week.
The statement from the players told how the team had been paid on time just once in the past year. They also said that pension payments have not been met and there had been no payment of wages for January.
The club, currently sitting 10th in the Vanarama National League, have now released a statement of their own in which they insist all staff have been paid for January. It reads as follows:
In response to the statement issued to Kent Online on Friday, Ebbsfleet United FC wishes to clarify the current position with regard to staff and player wages, medical insurance and pensions.
First and foremost we would like to apologise for the situation. There are a range of complex and frustrating circumstances that have led to this and we are doing everything we can to rectify cash flow and reduce the potential for such situations to reoccur.
In respect of wages: all management, players and club staff have now been paid in full for January 2019. We deeply regret payments have been delayed. The club wanted to be certain this had been fulfilled before making any comment.
In terms of medical insurance, our insurers have confirmed that all playing staff were fully covered throughout the period in question (December 2018). At no time were any players at risk of playing matches uninsured.
On the matter of pension contributions, the club acknowledges there are outstanding contributions which we are addressing with Now:Pensions Ltd (the club’s workplace pensions provider) to resolve to the satisfaction of all our staff and players.
We regret the problems created by these issues but we want to reassure supporters – and in particular our players and staff – that their concerns will be resolved as quickly as possible. Furthermore, we wish to thank all players, staff and their families for their understanding and patience to this point and for the very considerable efforts and loyalty shown to the club throughout this period.