By Adam Plainer

Paying by the rules

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  • It should be noted that in 2002 the Bradford City footballer Benito Carbone agreed to take a reduced payout from the club when it was in administration.

    While I cannot recall the figures involved Mr Carbone wrote off something like 90% of the outstanding debt the club had to him while shows that while the rule may be distasteful in some cases that distaste is not lost on those who benefit from it.

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  • The football creditors rule also prioritises debts to other football clubs e.g. for outstanding transfer fees. What is puzzling is not the rule, nor why the clubs should not see it as in their interests, but what possessed any court to endorse it.
    Effectively the clubs are writing the law to suit themselves. It is simply false to assert that the League and FA need to re-examine the rule. The League and FA can make up whatever rules they like. What is required is that the courts re-assert their authority over the law and stop enforcing this illegal rule. Failing that, the remedy is for the law to be changed by the appropriate body i.e. parliament. Unless that is there is a basis in European Law for the rule. Given German attitudes to taxation, this appears unlikely.
    One might be forgiven for the fantasy that HMRC has access to legislative processes.

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