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Cardiff City admit players' wages have been paid late

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Cardiff City have admitted that players wages for June have not been paid on time.

Chief executive Gethin Jenkins confirmed the delay, although he blamed the blunder on banking red tape.

"Following a delay in international currency transfers... players, staff etc at Cardiff City haven't been paid on the normal due date," Jenkins said.

"However, it's anticipated that these matters will be resolved in the next day or so."

Cardiff City escaped a winding-up petition at the High Court earlier this month after the Championship club paid a £1.9m tax bill.

That was only made possible after a reported £6m injection of capital from a Malaysian consortium - backed by billionaire businessman Tan Sri Vincent Tan Chee Yioun.

Cardiff's financial plight became evident in December 2009 when the first Malaysian financial injection was made to stave off a first winding-up order, with head of the consortium Dato Chan Tien Ghee appointed onto the club's board of directors.

The news of the late wages comes a day after the Bluebirds confirmed their pre-season tour to Malaysia had been cancelled at short notice.

Bluebirds manager Dave Jones recently returned from a reconnaissance mission but decided to reschedule the trip to Kuala Lumpur for next year, instead preferring to play more friendly matches at home and perhaps organise a mini-tour to Portugal as in previous seasons.

Cardiff have been operating under a transfer embargo since the end of the season, due to the winding-up order hanging over them.

As a result Jones has yet to strengthen his squad for next season, while he seems certain to lose Wales midfielder Joe Ledley.

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Ledley, 23, is out of contract and seems set to sign for Premier League side Stoke City, managed by compatriot Tony Pulis, although Cardiff would be due a compensation payment for developing the player as he is still under 24.

Cardiff will hope to negotiate new contracts with the likes of key players Jay Bothroyd and Peter Whittingham, or else see them depart as free agents at the end of next season.

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