Atlas board promises to pay players

The team may be in good position in the league table, but the club's financial situation is still not in good shape.

Atlas may be sitting comfortably in second place in the Liga MX, but that doesn’t mean the club’s financial problems have disappeared.

The Guadalajara club’s board still owes players’ wages causing the squad to agree to a media silence in protest last week.

Further protests from the players were thought to be a possibility, but a deal has been struck following a meeting between the board and players.

“We will sort it out in the week, we’ve talked about it and now it’s a case of lifting the team (following Saturday’s 2-1 loss against Santos Laguna),” club president Carlos Martin del Campo stated after the weekend game.

The president added that the players agreed to a one week extension so the club can try and gather funds to make the payments.

The issue of money has been a reoccurring problem for Atlas, which it has been reported still owes wages stretching back to January in the case of some players.

Before the Clausura season even got underway, the players, led by captain Leandro Cufre, refused to go on a preseason training camp due to the issue of unpaid wages.

Then on Jan. 25, Mexican tax authorities confiscated the team bus and a training facility due to tax problems dating back to 2008.

There is also a presidential election at the club in May in which the 122 members of the board will vote to replace Martin del Campo, who has served for four years.

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