Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
“The whole team agreed to make clear that we are not alone just because the owners don’t want to talk to us. The owners promised to pay our unpaid wages but they haven’t. This was an announcement of our proposed next steps.” Radnicki captain Zoran Vaskovic.
Europe’s fiscal problems could be seen all over football last weekend.
Whilst Portuguese side Uniao Leiria turned up with just eight players (six first-teammers and two youth players) amid a players dispute for unpaid wages, over in Serbia the players from Radnicki NIS took a different route to action against their lack of compensation.
Radnicki, leaders of the Serb second division, lost 1-nil away at third-placed Sloga Kraljevo last Sunday, but the match had a slow start as the visitors refused to play ball for the opening two minutes.
Immediately after the referee blew his whistle for the kick-off all eleven Radnicki starters sunk to the turf. They remained on their backsides for a couple of minutes as the game came to a standstill, whilst the referee could be seen chatting to the Radnicki goalie; seemingly in an effort to understand how long the protest would last for.