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Bid to wind up Southend United dismissed by judge

Southend are managed by former England defender Sol Campbell. Credit: PA

A judge has dismissed a bid to wind up struggling League One football club Southend United.

HM Revenue & Customs officials had said tax was owed and asked for the club to be wound up.

Judge Sebastian Prentis dismissed the application on Wednesday at a hearing in the specialist Insolvency and Companies Court in London.

A lawyer representing tax officials told the judge the debt had been cleared.

In December, another judge had said Southend bosses should get time to pay.

Detail of how much Southend - who are in the League One relegation zone and managed by former England defender Sol Campbell - had owed did not emerge at the hearing.