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Crisis-club Reading’s woes have continued after it emerged a number of women’s players suffered chronic food poisoning following a recent match.
Wolves, who played the Royals on Sunday, have had to postpone this weekend’s Black Country derby with West Brom after no fewer than 14 of their stars were struck down.
Mail Sport understands a number of Old Gold players ‘dropped like flies’ after eating chicken wraps following their FA Cup clash with Reading, who are in financial disarray.
A statement from the Molineux outfit revealed the forthcoming game against the Baggies had been called off. It added: ‘Dan McNamara’s side have been unable to train this week due to an outbreak which has affected the large majority of players and staff members.’
The match took place at Aldershot’s EBB Stadium. Reading insiders say both clubs agreed to use a catering firm recommended by Aldershot.
Number of women’s players suffered chronic food poisoning following match at Reading
Wolves won the cup tie 2-1 but a number of players and staff fell after the match on Sunday
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Wolves’ academy manager of operations Laura Nicholls explained: ‘Unfortunately, following the victory at Reading on Sunday, a high percentage of our squad have fallen ill which we’ve aligned to the post-match food they received because it’s also affected Reading.
‘14 of the playing staff and four of our coaching staff have been affected. Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to train this week or complete any preparation. We spoke with the County FA to get some support to cancel the game because we need to put the health of the players first.’
Reading were relegated from the Women’s Super League last season and were reduced to a semi-pro outfit amid the ongoing financial crisis at the Berkshire club. They lost the game to third-tier National League Wolves 2-1.
Reading’s men’s match with Port Vale was abandoned on Saturday after a pitch invasion from desperate supporters. Following Saturday’s development, the League One strugglers’ owner Chinese businessman Dai Yongge was fined a further £50,000 by the EFL for failing to fund an account set up to cover the salaries of players and staff.
The Royals have been hit with deductions totalling 16 points and a series of fines under Yongge, who took over in 2017. They have previously reported losses of £191m.
Meanwhile, Charlie Savage – the highly-rated son of former Leicester City star Robbie – remains in apparent limbo at the club with the end of the transfer window approaching.
The 20-year-old midfielder is understood to have a clause in his contract which triggers a pay rise after he makes 15 league starts.
Despite catching the eye of a number of clubs – and representing Wales – he has not been in the first XI in a League One match for the beleaguered Royals since November 7, which happened to be his 14 start.
Since then, he has come off the bench eight times in league matches and started an EFL Trophy and FA Cup match.
Reading declined to comment but insiders have claimed that the rise is not significant and say that the club’s manager was, until recently, unaware of it.