Suspended First Division club Happy Valley are confident players will soon be paid after 10 players, led by midfielder Li Chun-yip, sought help from the Labour Department yesterday.
The players were left in limbo following the Football Association's suspension of the club last month for the rest of the season after it was found guilty of bringing the game into disrepute.
"We have not received our February salaries yet," Li said. "We hope the government can step in to do something.
"We are contracted to the end of the season and are entitled to get paid."
The contracts were due to be renewed in May, he said.
The Happy Valley team is supported by a Shenzhen sponsor, which has put in HK$2 million to cover expenses incurred until the end of the season.
Li said the Labour Department had listened to their concerns and fixed a date for a meeting between the club and the players early next month.
"We know it will take some time to deal with salary problems, but we hope this will be resolved as soon as possible," he said. "Some of us are facing problems because we have families to support."
A few players have joined other clubs since winning an exemption from the association after it banned Happy Valley on February 11. Rules normally bar players from joining another club after the transfer window closes, which happened on January 31 this year.
Happy Valley chairman Pui Kwan-kay was confident the saga would be resolved.
"The sponsor stopped paying players in February because there have been no games since the suspension," Pui said.
"But we hope the sponsor can understand the situation and find a solution acceptable to both parties.
"We have held talks with the sponsor and there should be some good news in the next couple of days. We are not talking about a large sum of money as many players have already left the club and only a few are having problems."
It is believed the sponsor wants to terminate the contracts of the remaining players and compensate them, but whether the payout will be equal to one or two months' salary is still under discussion.