The government has ‘named and shamed’ 239 employers, including Port Vale FC, who have been found to have underpaid workers.
The Valiants were one of ten professional sports clubs to be included on the list. Other football clubs were Bristol City, Doncaster Rovers, Dundee and Northampton Town
The companies underpaid a total of £1.44m and the firms have been fined a record total of £1.97m.
Employers who pay workers less than the minimum wage have to pay back arrears of wages to the worker at current minimum wage rates and face financial penalties of up to 200% of arrears, capped at £20,000 per worker.
Business Minister Andrew Griffiths said: “Our priority is making sure workers know their rights and are getting the pay they worked hard for. Employers who don’t do the right thing face fines as well as being hit with the bill for backpay.”
The full list of companies has been published online with Port Vale’s record showing:
Port Vale Football Club Limited, trading as Port Vale F.C., Stoke-on-Trent ST6, failed to pay £659.15 to 9 workers, with average arrears of £73.24 per worker
The full list of companies can be found in this report on the HMRC website