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Bury set to become second League One club to receive points deduction

It’s being reported that Bury could become the second League One side of the new 2019/20 season to receive a points deduction.

Bolton Wanderers will start the campaign on minus 12, becoming the first EFL team to get points deducted since Aldershot Town in 2013, after going into administration over an unpaid £1.2m tax bill.

Newly promoted Shakers have avoided numerous winding up petitions from the High Court over unpaid bills, the case was already until the 19th of June with talks three parties are interested in buying the club. However it was adjourned again last week for up to six weeks after the owner, Steve Dale, said he had “some expressions of interest” from those potential buyers.

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Dale has offered to settle some of the club’s debts and potentially avoid a winding-up petition by paying the football creditors along with the the players in full, and the almost £4m owed to others.

If he pays the club’s debt, then according to the EFL rules, it means it’s an ‘insolvency event’ and the club will be handed the same punishment like the Trotters were given.

In a statement on Bury’s website, Dale said he is suffering from an incurable form of leukaemia and acute osteoarthritis, that he is unable to leave his bed or even his home some days. Dale added he was working hard to save the club.

“The club was bust due to the previous owner’s tenure. Nobody would have taken it on, I did and am being vilified … for sorting a mess that I did not create. Everybody needs to be paid but the club cannot afford the level of employees it has.”

The players went public in May, stating that the club has not paid any of their wages since February, although the owner now says they’re paid up to March and half of April’s wages.

The statement read: “As players we are disappointed to find ourselves in this position having had such a great season. We have gone from elation to complete and utter dismay. As it stands it looks like as players, we may have to start looking at other clubs which is something none of us want to do. Adding to this we have now found out one of our contracts isn’t valid moving into the next season which needs addressing as a matter of urgency. Unfortunately, we are now in a position where we as players haven’t been paid in 12 weeks from the club and with no intention of paying what is owed or future payments to us. The PFA stepped in to help us with Marchs wages which we are very grateful for but unfortunately this is not a long term solution. Right now, we should be spending some well earnt down time while we are out of season, instead we find ourselves having to consider the future. Everyone can see the togetherness of this squad which gives us a great start for next season. All we want is to come back to some stability and give the fans another great year.

“From what we understand the Chairman bought the club for £1 with a good understanding of the problems it had. He openly says this in his first ever press interview. If it’s become too much, all we ask is that you step aside, move on and stop negatively impacting everyone’s livelihoods. We have been made aware via various sources that offers have been made to Bury fc, which would see him making money after such a short amount of time in control of the club. Mr chairman, we know you have no regard or consideration for us as players our families or our futures, but please just accept the offer and walk away from our club before you bring it to its knees. Bury Fc Players”

A group of Bury fans recently headed to the club’s current chairman Steve Dale’s home to protest and urge him to sell the crisis side.

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