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Dunfermline Athletic applies for voluntary liquidation

Date Added: 27/03/2013  

Dunfermline Athletic has confirmed the club has applied to go into voluntary liquidation as a result of the financial issues it is facing.

Director of football Jim Leishman revealed fans have stumped up the necessary funds to bring in an administrator in an attempt to secure the future of the Scottish team.

The Irn-Bru First Division club had been presented with a winding-up order due to the fact it could not raise the money required to pay a £134,000 tax bill.

Leishman said: "There is a group of Dunfermline Athletic supporters who have underwritten the administrator's fees, which is great. So we are back in the game."

He added he spoke to playing and coaching staff along with representatives of players union PFA Scotland before the decision was made to apply for the club to go into voluntary liquidation as a result of its financial problems.

"It was either liquidation where you are done and dusted and you have nothing. But we are giving it a chance," said Leishman, adding further talks with the administrator of the club are set to be held in the coming days in an attempt to secure a future for the side.

The Pars are due to welcome Falkirk to East End park this evening (March 27th) in the Scottish first Division and the club's priority will be to make it through to the end of the season.

PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart welcomed the appointment of an administrator due to the fact it avoids the "calamitous" prospect of liquidation.

Dunfermline Athletic are far from the only British football club to have been in financial difficulties in recent years. Portsmouth have been relegated from the Premier League in England to League One and could be demoted another level at the end of the current season, just a few years after the side won the FA Cup.

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Posted by Julie Cutts

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