QUITO - Players at Ecuadorean champions Deportivo Quito have gone on strike over unpaid wages. "It's indefinite," midfielder Oswaldo Mina told daily newspaper La Hora. "It's a decision which the entire group has taken and we won't train until they pay us." Captain Luis Fernando Saritama said: "At the start of the season there was a promise the club would meet its obligations. We're doing ours by getting results but we're not seeing the same (from the directors)." Deportivo won the championship last season for the first time in 40 years but coach Carlos Sevilla resigned less than one week later in a row over bonus money. He has been replaced by Argentine Ruben Dario Insua. Ecuadorean media say the players are owed wages from December and January. The club have one week to settle the dispute before Deportivo face Brazilian side Cruzeiro in a South American Libertadores Cup tie. Deportivo would face heavy sanctions if they forfeited the game.
18 February 2009
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