Ebbsfleet release statement denying club is in administration

PUBLISHED: 13:11 01 May 2013

Ebbsfleet chairman Jessica McQueen

Ebbsfleet chairman Jessica McQueen


Ebbsfleet’s chairman and director have released a statement denying that the club is in administration or has been wound up.

Jessica McQueen and Phil Sonsara were responding to speculation that a payment required by HMRC by noon on Monday (April 29) had not been met.

The statement, released last night, said: “We heard yesterday that the club was wound up noon yesterday and also that we had gone into administration. We can confirm that neither of these statements are true.

“The club does have short-term cash problems and the most critical situation is that we get the club through to the financial year end which is May 31.

“Monies donated either directly to the club, through the Fleet Trust or through the MyFC ownership model will be gratefully received, no matter how large or small.

“The club is behind with its PAYE and VAT payments to HMRC. The March PAYE payment is almost cleared and at this moment in time the April PAYE payment is outstanding. The VAT payment due in April is also outstanding. A substantial payment was made to HMRC yesterday (Monday).

“At the time of writing the amount still owed is excess of £25,000. We have had a dialogue with HMRC and this will be ongoing to ensure the survival of the club.

“On the subject of potential investors we can confirm that there are two interested investors. It would be unfair to comment further at this stage as both offers have their merits and details are subject to confidentiality at this stage. Both offers include monies set aside to clear the current short-term liabilities that have received plenty of publicity.

“As and when things change substantially we will endeavour to update everyone as quickly and accurately as possible.”

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