The players of Excel Mouscron, who play in the 2nd Belgian division, have been on strike since Thursday. A situation confirmed by the management, which accuses its former partner club, Lille, of being responsible for its major financial difficulties.
The LOSC takes it for its rank. Following delays in payment of salaries for the month of December, the players of Excel Mouscon have started a strike and have refused to train since Thursday. A social action confirmed in the evening in a press release by the Belgian second division club, whose majority shareholder has been Gérard Lopez since July .
“As announced in the press, the players of Royal Excel Mouscron have decided not to train until further notice following the delay in the payment of salaries in December. Management has taken note of this decision, assures the club on its communication networks. Not denying in any way the problems encountered by the club in recent months to honor salaries, it wishes to specify that this delicate situation is solely due to the fact of the unilateral decision of LOSC to not respecting its commitments.”
“It is the non-respect of this agreement which today plunges the club into this delicate situation”
The Belgian club, which had already been banned from recruitment for unpaid wages in October, evokes here an agreement passed with the old direct Lille ion. Under the impetus of Lopez, then president of the Dogues before he embarked on a perilous rescue mission to the Girondins de Bordeaux. “During the collaboration between the two clubs, Mouscron had to greatly increase its costs by welcoming a large group of LOSC players in return for a financial agreement, continues Mouscron. This allowed players like Koffi or Onana, for example, to evolve in a Belgian professional championship instead of vegetating in a French amateur championship. Through this operation, LOSC benefited from media coverage of its players and therefore from financial added value. (…) This is the non-respect of this agreement which today plunges the club into this delicate situation.”
Mouscron thus indicates that the agreement established has not since been respected by the new Lille management place, the Luxembourg investment fund Merlyn Partners. “The French club owes us a substantial sum which would have enabled us to balance the budget for this season without the slightest difficulty”, concludes the club, which has descended to D2 this season, which “is struggling to find solutions to ensure the continuity of the club”.
Romain Daveau Reporter RMC Sport