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O’s fans want Ital­ian owner to sell trou­bled club

The Football League Paper - - TFLP - By John Lyons

FRUS­TRATED Ley­ton Ori­ent fans be­lieve the club is be­ing ‘held hostage’ by owner Francesco Bec­chetti – and have urged him to sell up.

A wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion against the O’s in the High Court last Mon­day was ad­journed un­til June 12.

Although Bec­chetti has paid off debts owed to HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms, be­lieved to be £250,000, the League Two strug­glers face fur­ther prob­lems with money owed to at least four other cred­i­tors.

In a let­ter read out to the court from O’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Alessan­dro An­ge­lieri, it re­vealed that Bec­chetti, pic­tured, “in­tends to in­ject” £1m into the club to pay off its out­stand­ing debts.

Ley­ton Ori­ent Fans’ Trust vice-chair­man Tom Davies told The FLP: “The ad­journ­ment doesn’t re­ally make the pic­ture any clearer.

“Peo­ple feel the club is be­ing held hostage by Bec­chetti – there are still in­ter­ested par­ties but he’s not reached a deal.

“As the sit­u­a­tion has wors­ened, peo­ple have re­alised we can’t progress while he’s here.

“He’s promised to put in £1m to clear debts and pay off cred­i­tors. Yet if he has £1m to put in, why didn’t he do it ear­lier? Why didn’t he stop the team nose-div­ing to­wards the Con­fer­ence?

“How will it go in? Will it be a £1m loan or a cash in­jec­tion.”

Adrift

With the ad­journ­ment un­til al­most mid-June, at least the O’s seem cer­tain to ful­fil their fix­tures, though rel­e­ga­tion to the Na­tional League seems al­most a cer­tainty with the team cut adrift, along with New­port County, in the rel­e­ga­tion places.

LOFT, mean­while, plan to keep their fundrais­ing ef­forts go­ing to be pre­pared for any even­tu­al­ity in the fu­ture, in­clud­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of set­ting up their own phoenix club.

They have raised a whop­ping £114,000 over the last few weeks and are deter­mined to keep go­ing to­wards their ini­tial tar­get of £250,000.

The money could also be used to buy a stake in the club.

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