Wales players resolve dispute with FAW over Euro 2016 bonus

Ashley Williams (left), Wayne Hennessey, Gareth Bale and Chris Gunter celebrate Wales' Euro 2016 qualification
Ashley Williams (left), Wayne Hennessey, Gareth Bale and Chris Gunter celebrate Wales' Euro 2016 qualification

Wales' players and the Football Association of Wales (FAW) have resolved the dispute about their bonus payment for qualifying for Euro 2016.

There had been a disagreement after the FAW offered the squad a shared seven-figure bonus for qualifying which was lower than its pre-qualifying offer.

A group of four senior players - including Gareth Bale - led the discussions with the FAW.

It is understood the players had been unhappy with a revised bonus offer.

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Wales' committee of players, which also includes captain Ashley Williams, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Reading defender Chris Gunter, were in talks with the FAW since the end of the qualifying campaign in October.

While top-flight players such as Bale, Ramsey and Williams earn a significant amount with their clubs, they were eager to ensure Wales' squad members who play at a lower level were given a fair amount of any national bonus payment.

Discussions continued when Wales reconvened for the November friendly defeat against the Netherlands.

Although Bale and Ramsey did not play in the 3-2 loss, it is understood both players contacted their team-mates to keep informed about the bonus talks.

The draw for Euro 2016 will be made on 12 December, with Wales waiting to discover who they will face in their first appearance at a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

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