The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, Connor Kirby, could find himself embroiled in an extraordinary plot to boycott the FA Cup.
Kirby is currently on loan at Macclesfield Town, for whom he has played 17 times this season.
The Cheshire side are due to play Kingstonian in the competition’s first round on Sunday.
But according to The Sun, Macclesfield’s ‘angry players are considering sensational strike action over a bitter pay row’.
The newspaper report explains:
The fuming squad want to make their point that they won’t accept late payments.
But they aim to do so without damaging their position in League Two.
And they will stay away from training before the game against the non-leaguers.
It is the final straw for the Macc men, who have already protested about past failures to pay them, were told that last month’s money would be delayed again.
Both the EFL and PFA have been alerted and are trying to help find a solution.
But the lack of progress is angering players who are on low wages in the first place.
And the only way of highlighting their case and putting pressure on owner Amar Alkhadi is to refuse to play in the first round tie.
It is said that such action – which is apparently backed by the club’s management staff – could lead to a possible expulsion and thus end Macclesfield’s chances of a ‘money-spinning run’.
To what extent Kirby is affected remains to be seen, with Sheffield Wednesday likely to be paying a contribution towards the Owls academy product’s wages.
Kirby, who has appeared four times for the Wednesday first team, was brought to Macclesfield by Sol Campbell in August, but the former England defender quit the Silkmen shortly afterwards and has since joined Southend United.