Deportivo Quito suspend strike for Libertadores

QUITO - Players at Ecuadorean champions Deportivo Quito have suspended a strike over unpaid wages before a Libertadores Cup match on Wednesday.

However, the players warned they could boycott an Ecuadorean league match on Saturday against local rivals LDU if the problem is not solved by then.

"We will train during the week and on Wednesday we will be at the coach's disposal for the game against Cruzeiro," team captain Luis Fernando Saritama told the daily newspaper El Universo.

"But if they don't pay us by Friday, we will not play against LDU."

The players stopped training on February 17, although they took part in Saturday's league game away to Manta which Deportivo lost 1-0.

Deportivo host Brazilian side Cruzeiro in Libertadores Cup Group Five on Wednesday night.

The team won the Ecuadorean championship in December to clinch the title for the first time in 40 years. Coach Carlos Sevilla resigned less than one week later in a row over bonuses.