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Brighton & Hove Albion football club, who are currently riding high in the Championship, is among 687 companies that have been fined a total of almost £1.4 million for paying staff less than the minimum wage.

The fine is on top of the £3.5 million in wages that the companies have had to repay to staff since the government started to crack down on offenders in 2013. There have been ten rounds of naming and shaming since then.

The offenders include Blackpool football club and the Wimbledon restaurant San Lorenzo, which has been a favourite of Boris Becker, three times the Wimbledon men’s tennis champion. San Lorenzo owed £99,541.98 to 30 workers and faces one of the larger fines.

Brighton, who lead the Championship, owed £2,862 to one worker and Blackpool, of the Sky Bet League Two £518 to one worker. Poundstretcher owed two workers £183. Most of the offenders were small businesses including plumbers, nurseries and hairdressers.

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