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    Aston Villa reach agreement with HMRC to stave off immediate administration threat

    Joe Jones

    Aston Villa have confirmed that an agreement has been reached with the tax authorities to stave off the immediate threat of administration.

    HMRC are said to be content with an arrangement whereby the club pays £1.2m by the end of this week - around half of the money it owes in unpaid tax - after an immediate payment of £500,000 was made earlier on Wednesday.

    As a result, HMRC has shelved its plans to issue legal proceedings against Villa, via a winding up order in the High Court.

    The club have given guarantees that a further £700,000 will be paid before the weekend, and are working on a short-term solution to their cash flow issues, so that the remaining £1.2m can be paid quickly, and to HMRC's satisfaction.

    "Aston Villa Football Club can confirm that an agreement has been reached with HMRC and the club will continue to fulfil its obligations," read a statement released by the club on Thursday.

    "The club can also announce that there are no insolvency practitioners or administration advisors working with the club.

    "Owner and Chairman Dr Tony Xia would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank supporters during this difficult and unsettling time and reassure them plans are now being put in place to move the club forward."

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    Talk about one rule for the "big" clubs!!! Twice we went into admin in the early 2000s being docked a total of 37 points owing HMRC a friggin fraction of what Villa owes. Makes me sick.

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