Brisbane Roar’s financial worries will be resolved

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BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 17: Players of the Roar acknowledge fans after the international friendly match between Brisbane Roar and Liverpool FC at Suncorp Stadium on July 17, 2015 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Football Federation expects players to be paid the remainder of their overdue monthly wages in early this week.

It’s understood FFA and the Roar’s Queensland-based officials have been given assurances by club owners, Indonesian conglomerate the Bakrie Group, that the squad will receive what’s owed to them after receiving only 50 per cent of their monthly pay last Monday.

Wages had been due the Saturday before, and it was expected the rest of the money would have been in players’ bank accounts by last Friday. However, when the money did not arrive, FFA wrote to the Bakrie Group to seek “formal assurance about the timing of the outstanding payments”.

While player payments are expected today, some of the club’s other staff may have to wait longer for the rest of their wages. Some staff were paid as little as 20 per cent of their monthly wage last Monday.

Despite their growing frustration at not being paid on time, Roar players continued to represent and promote the club at the weekend, with Jack Hingert, Luke Brattan and Jean Carlos Solorzano attending an Epilepsy Queensland fundraiser on Saturday at Bulimba.

The Roar are hoping to add another match to their pre-season program before the start of the season on October 8.

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