Leeds United winding up petition dismissed

A winding up petition against Leeds United is expected to be heard in the Royal Courts of Justice today after being delayed yesterday. Former owners Sports Capital brought the case against the club over an outstanding debt of around £950,000.

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Leeds United say debt will be paid

A lawyer for Leeds United has told the High Court that a debt of nearly £1million could be paid.

Leeds United say debt will be paid Credit: Press Association

The Championship club could be wound up if the debt - a £950,000 loan - is not paid.

But a barrister representing the club told a hearing before a registrar at the High Court in London that payment could be "made very quickly".

Another hearing of the case is scheduled for June 23.

The registrar was told that money Leeds owed to the taxman had already been paid - that amount was not disclosed.

"The club wants time to pay," Rory Brown, for Leeds, told Deputy Registrar Chris Garwood at the hearing in the Companies Court - which is part of the High Court.

"The payment can made be very quickly."

Lawyers said Leeds' owner Massimo Cellino had paid money owed to HM Revenue & Customs.

Massimo Cellino

And Mr Garwood told the hearing: "There is nothing which prevents him paying this debt if he doesn't wish the company to be wound up."

Mr Garwood heard that the money had been loaned by a company set up by the club's former managing director David Haigh.

The company, Sport Capital, had complained that it had not been paid and had launched a winding up petition.

Leeds argued that the petition should be "struck out".

Lawyers said the money was loaned by Mr Haigh not by the company, and said the company was "not a creditor".

David Haigh Credit: Press Association

They suggested that the winding up petition had been launched to "exert pressure" on the club.

And Mr Brown said the club was in the process of investigating whether it had been "defrauded" by Mr Haigh.

He said the club was concerned that it may be "in receipt of stolen money".

Mr Garwood dismissed Leeds' application for the winding up petition to be struck out.

He concluded that Sport Capital had loaned Leeds the money and said the club was "scratching around".

He dismissed Leeds' concerns about being in receipt of "stolen money" - saying there had been no findings of criminality.

High Court throws out Leeds Utd winding-up order

Lawyers representing Leeds United's new owner Massimo Cellino have spent the day in court fighting a winding up petition that has been hanging over the club.

United has been facing demands to repay a loan of almost a million pounds and the winding up petition has meant the club's finances had been frozen until it is resolved, and the players were not paid last month. From the hearing in London, David Hirst reports


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Leeds United: winding up petition adjourned until tomorrow

Leeds United will find out tomorrow whether they will be forced to repay a loan of almost one million pounds - or face being wound up. The case went before a judge at the Royal Courts of Justice in London today - but he adjourned the hearing until Tuesday (June 10 ,2014).

It is over a disputed loan, made to the club last November, by Sport Capital, the company that Leeds United's former managing director David Haig was associated with. Mr Haig is currently being held by police in Dubai since he was arrested last month over alleged financial irregularities.

The winding up petition has meant the club's finances have been frozen until it is resolved, and the players were not paid last month.

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