Wi­gan sale fol­lowed ad­min­is­tra­tion talk

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport | Football - By Andy Hampson

Wi­gan’s owner in­quired about placing the club into ad­min­is­tra­tion be­fore his takeover had been fin­ished, an in­de­pen­dent panel has re­vealed.

Busi­ness­man Au Ye­ung Wai Kay in­formed the English Foot­ball League he had bought a 51 per cent stake in Wi­gan on June 24, but ap­proached in­sol­vency prac­ti­tion­ers Beg­bies Traynor the pre­vi­ous day. The club went into ad­min­is­tra­tion on July 1, in­cur­ring a 12-point penalty that led to their rel­e­ga­tion.

The rev­e­la­tion is con­tained in the full rea­sons for the de­ci­sion to dis­miss Wi­gan’s pun­ish­ment ap­peal, which were pub­lished yes­ter­day.

A sug­ges­tion Wi­gan were put into ad­min­is­tra­tion be­cause of a bet was con­sid­ered “not im­pos­si­ble”, but “wholly un­sub­stan­ti­ated”.

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