Limerick FC players have unanimously agreed to go on strike over issues involving wage payments and player welfare. 

In a statement released through the PFAI, the Limerick players claim numerous promises have been broken and there are still outstanding wages and expenses for March.

April wages have been promised for next week - three weeks after they were due. 

A week of notice must be given, meaning Saturday’s match with Cobh Ramblers in St Colman’s Park, is not in jeopardy.

However, the home game with Cabinteely on Friday week could be affected.

The statement from the Limerick players read: "It has been well documented over a long period of time, the late payment and player welfare issues which we as players have experienced at Limerick FC.

"We met with our representatives, the PFA Ireland, two weeks ago to express our frustration and we have decided as a team to take the decision to ballot for strike action today.

"This ballot returned a unanimous verdict and we will now serve strike notice on the club and if payments which fall due in the future are also not honoured then we will have no option but to take the last resort of going on strike.

"We have received numerous false promises to date of payment schedules from the club with the latest telling us that our wages/expenses for April will be paid on 23 May, 3 weeks late.

"There are still outstanding wages and expenses due to some players for March and currently the players are paying their own physio bills. The players are also fearing what will happen to them if they sustain any serious injury and if the appropriate rehab/ operation will be available to them.

"We hope the supporters, players and other clubs will appreciate that this action will only be taken if we are left with no other option."

Speaking to RTÉ Sport outside the FAI campus in Abbotstown yesterday, Limerick owner Pat O’Sullivan said: "The club will be fine. Don't worry about it. The club will be fine."

He added he believes a long-awaited takeover of the club will go through.