SAO PAULO - Players from Brazilian league runner-up Vasco da Gama refused to report to the team's hotel to protest delayed salaries.

The players were expected to report to the hotel on Tuesday but said they will only show up on Wednesday morning, the day the team will play Bangu in the Rio de Janeiro state championship.

Club director Daniel Freitas told the UOL website that "it's their way of protesting against what has been happening."

Vasco reportedly still owes the salaries for the month of December.

The team won last year's Brazilian Cup and finished second to Corinthians in the Brazilian league.

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