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Barnes's bankruptcy order lifted

John Barnes
Mr Barnes was "delighted" the order was overturned

Former England and Liverpool footballer John Barnes has had a bankruptcy order against him rescinded.

The former winger was declared bankrupt on Wednesday over an unpaid tax bill which he must now pay by 9 November for the bankruptcy to be fully discharged.

At the time of the order, 45-year-old Mr Barnes said the issue was a "tax oversight" which was being dealt with.

The exact amount he must repay next month - when his case is heard at the High Court in London - is not known.

Mr Barnes' solicitor, George Castro, said his client was "delighted" to announce the order had been overturned.

'Overturned quickly'

"John Barnes was not and is not insolvent and my client would like to thank the Official Receiver and the case workers at HMRC (HM Revenues and Customs) for helping to resolve this unfortunate situation as quickly as possible." he said.

An Insolvency Services spokesman confirmed the order was rescinded by a court on Friday.

They added that it was "not very common," for an order to be overturned so quickly.

Mr Barnes, who won 79 caps for his country, left his role as manager of the Jamaican team in July to lead Tranmere Rovers with former-Liverpool team-mate Jason McAteer as his assistant.

The pair were both sacked earlier this month.

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