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An unnamed Portsmouth player has criticised the running of the troubled Premier League club, detailing “complete mismanagement across the board” after the playing staff received their December wages late.

The Professional Footballers’ Association has been critical of Portsmouth after they were late paying their players for the third time this season.

The club is also under a transfer embargo due to the fact that they still owe outstanding payments on previous signings.

Now, a player, described by the Guardian as a “senior” member of the dressing room, has revealed the scale of the problems behind the scenes at Fratton Park.

“It’s complete mismanagement across the board and whoever’s guilty is going to get away with it,” the unnamed player told the Guardian.

“The perception is that every footballer earns millions of pounds but they’re not all making that kind of money. You’ve also got the reserve-team players and the youth team who haven’t been paid, so it crosses the whole spectrum.

“If a player is earning a few hundred pounds a week and he’s old enough to have moved out so he’s paying rent or a mortgage, then he’s going to encounter the usual problems that normal people have. And this has all happened over the Christmas period.

“The lads do mention it. In our players’ meeting the other day one player voiced his unhappiness about losing games and then even when you go home you’re not getting paid so what is there to be positive about? That’s how he felt. It’s not easy.”

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