Radford Posted October 24, 2008 Share Posted October 24, 2008 Daily Record Fan's court action threatens Livingston with financial nightmare Oct 24 2008 By Gary Ralston LIVINGSTON are facing financial turmoil after a fan threatened to freeze their bank account in a row over unpaid bills. Livi supporter Alex Todd claims he has been left with no other option but to apply for an arrestment order after a row stretching back almost 18 months. Todd is owed around £1600 by the Almondvale outfit for work he undertook as official club photographer and website administrator. But the First Division outfit are blanking his appeals for payment, even after the courts ordered the club to stump up in July. Livi's new Italian owners argue the bills were run up under Pearse Flynn's regime and should be settled by him. Flynn declined to comment but it's understood all liabilities were disclosed by him - which is why the Italian consortium, led by Angelo Massone, picked up the club at the end of last season for £1. It's believed there may be up to 100 creditors,most of them small, local businesses, in a similar position to Todd. He argues his deal was with Livingston, not Flynn, and the new owners should honour the debts they inherited. Todd said: "Livingston started to fall behind with payments in June last year and by Christmas I stopped working for them as the bill hadn't been settled. "I raised an action against the club in May for nonpayment and the case was called at Linlithgow Sheriff Court in July. "I informed the new owners but no one turned up in court and I was awarded a decree. I've sent in sheriff officers to the club twice in recent weeks in an attempt to enforce the court order but still nothing has been done. "I'm examining my options and it looks as if I will have to apply for an arrestment order and freeze the club's bank accounts. "I'm a Livingston fan and it hurts to do this but the new owners have told me to chase Pearse. The money is owed by Livingston and I'm surprised lawyers appear not to have performed due diligence on outstanding debts before they took over the club." If the club's bank accounts are frozen it will cause chaos as player and staff wages are unlikely to be processed and it could even raise concerns about their long-term survival. Consortium boss Massone and partner Tommaso Angelini failed to return calls to Record Sport. 0 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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