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Winding Up Petitions Against Oldham and Birmingham Football Clubs are Dismissed

Two football clubs, the Championship’s Birmingham City and League Two side Oldham Athletic, have had winding up petitions against them dismissed at the High Court.

Officials from HM Revenue & Customs had petitioned for the clubs to be wound up due to undisclosed tax debts, with Judge Sebastian Prentis presiding over both cases at a specialist Insolvency and Companies Court hearing in London.

He dismissed both petitions as Giselle McGowan, the barrister representing HMRC, informed the Court that Birmingham’s debt had been paid and that Oldham had paid some of their debt and were disputing the outstanding amount.

Three other clubs are also subject to winding up petitions by HM Revenue & Customs, with their cases due to be heard soon.

League Two club Macclesfield Town are said to owe large debts to both HMRC and former manager Sol Campbell. At a hearing on the 4th of December, Judge Catherine Addy said club bosses should be given time to clear the debts and adjourned the case for the eighth time, to be reconsidered on the 18th December.

Southend United where Sol Campbell is now manager are facing troubles of their own. A hearing for the fourth winding up petition served against them in 2019 has been adjourned until 22nd January 2020. Owner Ron Martin is confident it will then be dismissed, as they have now paid HMRC the outstanding sums.

Bury FC, who were expelled from the English Football League in August due to financial problems, have avoided liquidation again, at least for the time being. They are due to reappear in court on the 18th December.  During an earlier hearing in June, it was said that Bury owed nearly £1 million in taxes and also had other debts outstanding.

At the latest hearing Barrister Raj Arumugam, representing HMRC, told the court that returns had now been filed but that more time was needed for them to be processed.

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