Football insolvency judgment due before Christmas

HM REVENUE & CUSTOMS could receive its answer sooner rather than later on whether a controversial insolvency rule in football is unlawful.

The taxman is battling against the football league over its controversial Football Creditor Rule (FCR) which prioritises some creditors over others.

The court battle between HMRC and the Football League began at the end of November and it was thought a judgement would be given early next year.

However, presiding judge Mr Justice David Richards indicated he would like to deliver a judgement before the Christmas break.

The FCR prioritises the payment of football creditors such as other clubs and players ahead of other creditors, which HMRC believes is unlawful and outside the rules of insolvency – that all creditors should be treated equally.

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