“It’s unethical for professional players to play all games with the risk of injury and the possibility of being out of work,” Worcester Warriors said in a statement when their pre-season clash against Glasgow Warriors was called off.
Last Updated: 31/08/22 5:16 pm
Worcester canceled their pre-season game against Glasgow on Friday night to cast further doubt on their involvement in the upcoming Premiership season.
In a statement released on social media by director of rugby Steve Diamond, it was confirmed that the clash in Inverness will not take place as the players and staff remain unpaid.
Together, we have been forced to make the extremely frustrating and disappointing decision not to go to Inverness tomorrow for our pre-season game against the Glasgow Warriors on Friday, because of the wages of the players. The players and staff are still unpaid.”
“The squad has worked hard throughout pre-season and is bitterly disappointed to be placed in this position.
“We express our deep sadness to the home team Glasgow Warriors, who we hope will understand the unique and disturbing situation we find ourselves in.
“We would like to thank Adam Hewitt for his generosity in offering to sponsor the trip.
“Playing is simply not possible when the future is uncertain and decisions must be made today. Professional players play a full game with the risk of injury and the possibility of being really out of work. doing is unethical.
“We thank everyone for their continued support and solidarity behind all of us – together.”
Worcester co-owner Colin Goldring revealed to staff on Tuesday that it was unlikely to meet payrolls for August as the club’s finances were frozen by HM Revenue & Customs while they chased them. unpaid tax.
The statement showed little prospect of players getting paid Wednesday midnight, adding to concerns about having to leave the Sixways after team members became free agents due to breach of contract. copper.
HMRC has launched a tortuous petition in which Goldring and co-owner Jason Whittingham are looking for a new buyer while hoping to avoid regulation.
Worcester’s opening game is against London Ireland on September 10 and Diamond is expected to attend the Premiership season premiere at Twickenham on Thursday.
“While we are deeply disappointed by this result, we recognize the difficult situation Worcester is currently in and wish them well,” Glasgow said in a statement.