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League will let Accrington owner carry on buying burgers for team

Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt will be allowed to keep buying his players McDonald’s after matches, the English Football League have confirmed.

The dispute came to light when it was brought to the EFL’s attention that Holt was giving his side £200 to spend in McDonald’s after matches they won.

With this additional incentive not in the players contract’s, the EFL wrote to Holt ‘demanding an explanation’.

Since then, it has publicly been confirmed that the matter is closed.

In a statement, the league said it had to question Holt’s payment for post-match food because he said it was related to the result.

It explained that it would not normally comment on such correspondence with clubs but had to in this case because Holt had made it public and has since confirmed that there are no contractual provisions to support payments of this type.

“However, EFL regulations do not prohibit the provision of subsistence and as long as the club adopts a consistent approach for all matches, and arrangements are not linked to success on the pitch, the club can continue to make appropriate provision,” it said.

The EFL statement concluded by reminding the club of its responsibilities to comply with league and HM Revenue and Customs rules.

The Lancashire club are currently three points clear at top of League Two, with two games in hand, after six straight wins.


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