Bristol Rovers have today been exposed as one of 30 companies in the South West who are failing to pay their staff the minimum wage.
Fifty-two staff at the club have been affected.
Nigel Costley, Regional Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) South West, said: “The list highlights how hairdressers, cleaners, hotel staff and car washers are more likely to be exploited by minimum wage dodging bosses.
“But it’s also shocking to see football clubs like Bristol Rovers, and large retail stores such as Primark in the mix, companies who can certainly afford to pay proper wages.”
The information was released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and has identified a back pay of £1.7 million across the UK.
It also lists the 260 national employers, who have failed to pay 16,000 workers the minimum wage.
Bryan Sanderson, Chairman of the Low Pay Commission, said: “The Low Pay Commission’s conversations with employers suggest that the risk of being named is encouraging businesses to focus on compliance.
“It is imperative that the government keeps up the pressure on all employers who commit breaches of minimum wage law.”