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Tuesday, 24 April, 2001, 21:40 GMT 22:40 UK
Goodway calls for aid package
Glen Tomlinson of the Wakefield Wildcats
Glen Tomlinson was awarded the largest payout
Former Great Britain coach Andy Goodway has called on the Rugby League to help pay the 11 players sacked by Wakefield.

The Wildcats players were awarded 150,000 in compensation by an industrial tribunal on Monday.

But they are unlikely to receive a penny because the West Yorkshire club are protected by a Creditors Voluntary Arrangement.

If they do not take this action, we believe that the game is brought into disrepute and that the players' contracts are worthless
  Players' Association chairman Andy Goodway
Goodway, who is chairman of the Players' Association, accused the club of carrying out a "selective cull".

And he believed the game would be brought into disrepute unless the League force Wakefield to pay the outstanding fine.

"The players are very angry and frustrated that, although they it has been proved at the industrial tribunal that they have been treated badly and awarded compensation, they will probably not even get the monies that they lost," he said.

Seven players - Bobbie Goulding, Steve McNamara, Martin Masella, Francis Maloney, Warren Jowitt, Bright Sodje and Steve Prescott - were given awards ranging from 3,000 to 25,000 after winning their claim for a breach of contract.

Four other players - Francis Stephenson, Glen Tomlinson, Andy Fisher and ex-player-coach Tony Kemp, who all had more than 12 months service with the Wildcats - succeeded in claiming unfair dismissal.

Wakefield terminated the contracts of all their players over the age of 24 last September at the height of a financial crisis.

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