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Thieves steal troubled club's kit
Scenes of crime van
Police are investigating the raid at Raydale Park
Thieves have stolen football kit from a Scottish Premier League club fighting for its survival.

Police have confirmed that playing gear was taken from Gretna FC's Raydale Park ground some time overnight between Wednesday and Thursday.

Administrators took over the club earlier this week after its perilous financial position worsened.

They have admitted that it might be impossible for the club to field a team against Aberdeen this weekend.

Thieves struck some time between 1700 GMT on Wednesday and 0830 GMT on Thursday.

Sgt Bryan Lee, from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, confirmed that police had been called out to a reported break-in at the ground.

"On investigation it was confirmed that a changing room at Raydale Park, the home at Gretna Football Club, had been violated and some playing kit belonging to players stolen," he said.

Docked points

The incident happened as administrators struggled to find a way to keep the club afloat.

Just 10 players have indicated that they are willing to face Aberdeen on Saturday as doubts remain over insurance and future payment.

Gretna have been docked 10 points for going into administration but creditors will not be able to pursue legal action for the money they are owed.

The revised points tally for the league's bottom club is just six and relegation is almost certain, with 11th-placed St Mirren 21 points better off.

Should Gretna go out of business, there would be no relegation from the SPL, while it is likely that all the points from the games they were involved in would be withdrawn.

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