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Featherstone Rovers receive winding up petition

Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Club has confirmed they've received a winding up petition from the taxman, but they say they're confident they'll pay off the arrears later this week.

In a statement issued today Rovers said they'd originally agreed to pay what they owed HMRC in four instalments. Two of those have already been paid, and they say the outstanding balance of £11,000 will be cleared this week.

The club say they're "disappointed" that HMRC have gone public with the winding up petition, when a plan to clear the tax arrears had already been agreed, and earlier payments had been made as promised.