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HMRC issue Blues with winding up order

Southend United Football Club is set to face a winding up order from Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

The npower League One side will appear at the High Court on March 16th but chief executive Tara Brady is confident the Blues can settle the issue before then.

Speaking to BBC Essex Brady said: "I am confident this won't get as far as the High Court as with are dealing with the matter now."

"We did miss a payment to HMRC but I would stress it's for a nominal fee.

"Cash flow was tight and there were other priorities which included paying players, staff and insurances.

"At this stage we are not under a transfer embargo."

A statement from HMRC added: "HMRC remains absolutely committed to demonstrating a sympathetic approach to businesses that have genuine short-term difficulties in paying the tax they owe.

"However HMRC expect those who can pay to do so, in full and on time to make sure that the money is there to fund the UK's vital public services.

"We only ever take winding-up proceedings as a last resort."

The Blues, who Brady added are losing £100,000 a month, agreed a deal with HMRC back in August 2010 to avoid administration.


Scott Hobro

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