sport news Macclesfield and Sol Campbell's problems keep mounting ahead of new season

The players aren't being paid, the club are under a transfer embargo - and there's no goalkeeper on the books with their first pre-season friendly in under a week... Macclesfield and Sol Campbell's problems keep mounting Sol Campbell is unable to sign more players at Macclesfield Town this summer Players haven't been paid and the EFL have placed them under transfer embargo There is no goalkeeper in the squad with just five days until pre-season matches Some of the club's players have taken the club to court over their unpaid wages 

By Ben Nagle for MailOnline

Published: 10:07 BST, 4 July 2019 | Updated: 11:41 BST, 4 July 2019

Sol Campbell's problems are mounting at Macclesfield Town after it was revealed the club are under a transfer embargo and have no goalkeeper in the squad with pre-season friendlies beginning in under a week.

The players have taken the club to court over unpaid wages, with some having not received funds for almost three months, and a winding-up petition filed against the Silkmen was this week adjourned until August 14.

A number of the club's players released an initial statement through a fans' website at the start of the week, and now a follow-up has been posted further detailing their concerns heading into the new season.

Sol Campbell's problems are mounting at Macclesfield Town ahead of the League Two season

Sol Campbell's problems are mounting at Macclesfield Town ahead of the League Two season

In it, they revealed that six players supported the winding-up petition, before claiming that some members of the squad had been threatened with eviction due to the debts they are owed.

The statement reads: 'Some players have had to face eviction from their homes (including those with young children), late mortgage payments, unpaid credit card and telephone bills and being unable to even put food on the table and fuel in their cars.

'It has deeply affected the players' mental well-being. The statement issued by the Club today showed little regard or sympathy for our plight and that is deeply upsetting. This is compounded by the Club continuing to announce new signings.'

Macclesfield fans celebrate on the pitch at Moss Rose after surviving by the skin of their teeth

Macclesfield fans celebrate on the pitch at Moss Rose after surviving by the skin of their teeth

Among those new signings, though, there is no goalkeeper to be seen, leaving the club without a shot-stopper with just five days until their first pre-season friendly.

Last season, Emmanuel Idem was in goal but his contract ran out at the end of the season and no new purchases have been made in that position.

It was confirmed in the statement that Macclesfield have been placed under a transfer embargo by the EFL, meaning that no further signings can be made.

All of this leaves Arsenal, Tottenham and England legend Campbell in a difficult position ahead of the new season, as he prepares his squad for an away game against Congleton Town on Tuesday.

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