The players – together with the President of the Serbian players’ union SPFN - took these drastic measures after it became clear that the authorities in Serbia refuse to act against the sporting successor of FC Borac, a club called FC Borac 1926.
In 2019, FC Borac experienced financial difficulties and was expelled from the Serbian first league, leaving many players unpaid. It then paid a small amount to a local club named FK Provo, which changed its name to FC Borac 1926.
FC Borac 1926 is now playing in the same stadium as FC Borac, has the same coach and the same persons sitting on the board, but it refuses to pay the former players of FC Borac.
FIFPRO has long advocated against this unscrupulous practice by which clubs clean up their balance sheet, and avoid paying players and other creditors, through changing the legal entity running the club.
Matic, a Serbian national-team player, offered his support to the players. "I want to say that you are not alone," he told them in a video which was posted on the union's Facebook page. "I am with all of you."