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Club Statement: Today's High Court Hearing

14 August 2019

Further to this morning's High Court hearing, we would like to update fans on it's outcome.
 
First of all, we are pleased to announce that the petition which was lodged against us by Shamir Mullings, Elliott Durrell, Rhys Taylor, Jamie Grimes, Ryan Lloyd and Keith Lowe has been satisfied and dismissed by the Court.
 
Due to the nature of this it was difficult to communicate with fans about it for legal reasons, but now that it has finally been thrown out we would like to state the following.
 
We fully and unconditionally accept that the Club were initially at fault, in that salaries clearly should be paid in full and on the day that they were owed.
 
This is exactly the same for every member of staff - no matter what role they carry out at the club and something which we are committed to making sure happens each and every month going forward.
 
There were times last season when even with the best intentions, this simply was not possible due to a variety of factors - but this was our fault and we take full accountability for it.
 
Despite the fact that we experienced many challenges at the end of the last campaign, we always strived to do our best - both for all our staff and also for the club as a whole.
 
In this regard, it was disappointing that the aforementioned players did not progress their concerns through the normal channels (eg. the PFA) and instead decided to try and close down our 145-year-old club through the courts.
 
We would like to think that the players in question did not fully appreciate the severity of their actions, as there is no doubt that the repercussions from it could well have been devastating for everybody who loves Macclesfield Town Football Club.
 
By taking this course of action, payment was actually delayed further and created a situation which was detrimental to both parties.
 
We are clearly delighted that this has now been satisfied and that we are in a position to provide everyone with an update on what has been a difficult situation to negotiate.
 
Secondly, we would like to address the fact that HMRC have now taken over the petition and that this has been adjourned until 11th September.
 
We would like to reassure fans that sufficient funds to clear this in full are available and the matter will be resolved before the hearing.

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