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St Mirren friendly cancelled as Bolton players strike

Players have said they will not travel after wages were not paid on time.

Cancelled: Saturday's friendly will not go ahead.
Cancelled: Saturday's friendly will not go ahead. SNS Group

St Mirren's pre-season friendly against Bolton Wanderers has been cancelled at short notice after the English club's players said that they were boycotting the game.

The newly-promoted side were set to play against one of new manager Alan Stubbs' former sides as they prepare for the season opener against Kilmarnock in the Betfred Cup. However, just one day before the game, Bolton's players have announced that they will not play after wages to some players were not paid.

A brief statement from Bolton confirmed the game would not go ahead and apologised for not fulfilling the fixture.

"Bolton Wanderers Football Club can confirm that Saturday's friendly game against St Mirren has been called off," the club's official account tweeted.

"The football club would like to apologise for any inconvenience this will cause."

A St Mirren spokesperson said: "Tomorrow's match against Bolton has been cancelled due to issues out with our control.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause."

The reasoning behind the Bolton players' decision was given to the Bolton News. A statement read:

"Due to circumstances beyond our control, we as a team have decided with deep regret we will not be playing tomorrow's game against St Mirren.

"We have been put in an impossible positon which has forced our decision, and we would like to explain our reasons why.

"Over the past two seasons we as a club have experienced unprecedented success in first achieving promotion to the Championship, then staying in the league last season.

"This was achieved despite extremely difficult circumstances. All players, current and past, who were contracted to the club have contributed to this success.

"Over the course of the two years on numerous occasions contracted players have not been paid on time. This has culminated in certain players not receiving their June wage.

"On each occasion this has happened we have received no notification or an explanation as to why. We feel this is totally unacceptable after a huge effort from everybody over the last two seasons.

"Regrettably, as a group, this has led to the decision. We unreservedly apologise to any supporters that have made plans to come and watch the game."

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