Boavista player strike averted by guarantee

April 19, 2008

LISBON, April 19 (Reuters) - The Boavista squad called off a strike planned for Sunday after receiving guarantees they would start getting unpaid wages from next week, players' union chief Joaquim Evangelista said on Saturday.

The squad, who warned last week they would skip a Premier League match with Nacional Madeira on Sunday if the club did not pay the arrears, are claiming wages from February and March plus 60 percent of their December pay.

Evangelista, head of Portugal's Professional Footballers' Union, told reporters the squad had agreed to a last-minute management proposal for payment of a months' worth of the debt on Wednesday and the remainder by May 5.

According to media reports, the club owes the squad of 23 players a total of 200,000 euros ($316,500).

Boavista are 10th in the championship with four matches left, level on 32 points with ninth-placed Madeira.