29 April 2009
Fisher Athletic has been given 21 days to sort out a £230,000 tax bill, following their appearance at the Royal Courts of Justice on Wednesday.
The latest winding up appearance could have seen the Rotherhithe club, who currently ground share with Dulwich Hamlet, wound up and put out of existence. Instead they have once again been given a temporary stay of execution.
The 'News' reported after the last hearing on April 22 that Sami Muduroglu, consultant and brother to Fisher owner Erin Muduroglu, had reiterated the message that the problem would be resolved.
However neither brother attended the quick fire hearing this week, where the clubs lawyer simply asked for more time to pay the bill and was granted the extension until May 13. Fisher had already rearranged for their final fixture of the year from this Saturday to before the hearing, in order to complete their fixtures should things not go their way this week.
Speaking to the 'News' club chairman Martin Eede said: "My initial reaction is mixed. I am still happy we still exist, but the matter has still not been resolved. But I am reassured by the fact they have asked extra time confirms the fact I know negotiations are going on to solve this situation."The final weeks of the season have proved tough for all at the club, as the club sought to fulfil their fixtures, despite running the club on wafer thin budget.
Mr Eede added: "This season is over and it has been a bit of a nightmare really, and I think you can see in the last two or three games the players had nothing left in the tank. However they, Dave Mehmet and his staff have to be commended for what they have done, as they have enabled us to continue, often at their own expense.
"To complete the season was important from a pride point of view, but also to show the league that we are putting in every effort to help them and stop a situation where points are being deducted from other players. In the future this could be important, as when people see you are making an effort they are more willing to help when you need it."
The 'News' contacted Sami Muduroglu before going to press, but were unable to reach him for comment.
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