Bassini set to take over at Bolton de­spite murky past

Daily Mail - - Football - By MIKE KEEGAN

CONTROVERS­lAL ex-Wat­ford owner Lau­rence Bassini — twice de­clared bank­rupt and pre­vi­ously banned from foot­ball — has been cleared to take over at cri­sis-hit Bolton Wan­der­ers. The 48-year-old was re­vealed as the mys­tery buyer for the cash-strapped Cham­pi­onship club at the High Court yes­ter­day, where it was given a se­cond stay of ex­e­cu­tion after be­ing hit with a wind­ing-up pe­ti­tion. Bassini (be­low), who spent a tur­bu­lent 13 months at Vicarage Road, was ban­ished from the game for three years in 2013 for al­leged fi­nan­cial mis­con­duct. How­ever, he was named as the man set to take con­trol of Bolton, who have un­til May 8 to pay their debts. Bolton’s play­ers, who have not yet been paid last month’s salaries, which were due on Fri­day, were ex­pected to re­turn to train­ing this morn­ing after go­ing on a 48-hour strike. Last night, an emer­gency meet­ing was held by coun­cil and emer­gency ser­vices of­fi­cials, who have is­sued a pro­hi­bi­tion no­tice ban­ning the club from al­low­ing fans into matches at the Univer­sity of Bolton Sta­dium over safety fears, with match-day staff re­fus­ing to work un­til they have been paid. Bolton are due to host Ip­swich on Satur­day and Mid­dles­brough on Tues­day.

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