South West Wales

Llanelli AFC survives winding up petition at High Court

A High Court judge has dismissed a winding-up petition against a Welsh Premier football club.

Mr Registrar Jones made the decision in favour of former champions Llanelli AFC at the request of lawyers for Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).

It was the second time the club had faced winding up proceedings in three months.

Meanwhile, Llanelli Town Council says it has accepted over £9,000 in payment for social club rental arrears.

BBC Wales has been unable to contact anyone from the club.

During the London High Court hearing, counsel Matt Smith asked for the petition to be dismissed with an order the club pay HMRC's legal costs.

Although no other details were given during the hearing, the move suggests the club has paid its tax debts.

A previous winding up petition by HMRC was dismissed in September.

On Monday, Llanelli Town Council said it has accepted an interim payment of £9,109.82 from the football club in settlement of their social club rental arrears.

'Sustainable way forward'

The town council said previously that it was also owed £9,147.60 in respect of the football club's ground.

A statement from the council said it has been in talks with the Welsh Premier League (WPL) which has enabled it to sanction the release of the European prize money due to the football club.

It said the move enabled them to settle debts with ex-players and thereby remove the transfer embargo placed on them by the WPL.

Council leader Councillor Carl Lucas said: "The interim payment has now given the football club a chance to move forward and concentrate on their survival within the WPL.

"Our financial and administrative support over the years has ensured that Llanelli has arguably the best facilities in Wales for this level of football.

"We will continue to provide the resources required to continue this and hope that the chairman of the Reds now makes himself available to discuss and agree a sustainable way forward."

Another Welsh Premier team, Neath FC, was wound up in May.

In the same month Neath Rugby Club escaped a winding-up order after it was accepted it had paid its debts to HMRC.

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