Leyton Orient staff have called on the football authorities to come to their aid after complaining that the club’s failure to pay their wages has forced some employees out of their homes.
The east London side face an uncertain future, with defeat on Saturday confirming their relegation to non-league level and the threat of being placed in administration looming in six weeks.
Staff say they have still not been paid for March and that Orient owner Francesco Becchetti’s lack of response to their pleas has only increased fears for the club’s existence.
“We have been met with a wall of silence,” the employees said. “We are extremely concerned about the ongoing situation given the effect of non-payment of mortgages and rent are already resulting in staff having to relocate.
“We appeal to the EFL [English Football League] and the Football Association to intervene on our behalf as the regulatory bodies in the sport and demand substantive answers from the club’s board.
"With two weeks of the season left before we fall out of the remit of the EFL, we call on you to act immediately and without delay on our behalf.”
Orient chief executive Alessandro Angelieri staved off a winding-up order last month when he assured the High Court that Becchetti would inject £1m to cover outstanding debts by the end of May. The club is due back in court on 12 June.