Football: Olhanense players threaten to go on strike

Footballers at Portuguese top flight team Olhanense have threatened to go on strike next weekend unless the club delivers unpaid wages.

The team from Olhao in the south of the country have not paid their players for four months, according to the president of the Players' Union.

And if they do not receive at least one month in back pay, the players will refuse to take to the field against leaders Benfica on April 7.

"A notice of the intention to strike has been lodged to force the club to pay at least a month's salary," Joaquim Evangelista told TSF radio station.

"It is high time Portuguese football solved this problem once and for all."

Evangelista, who blasted the country's clubs for their "financial irresponsibility", said Olhanense have until next Friday to cough up the wages to avert strike action.

Olhanense are second last in the top flight and in danger of being relegated.