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Livi lurch closer to bankruptcy

By Brian McLauchlin


Livingston have lurched closer to administration after admitting they are unlikely to be able to pay rent arrears of £280,000 by Tuesday's deadline.

The news was delivered to West Lothian Council on Thursday by Livi chairman Angelo Massone, who instead offered an enhanced payment plan to the landlord.

Club chairman Angelo Massone refused to comment other than to tell BBC Scotland that "discussions are ongoing".

Livi had staved off the threat of court action on Monday by paying £10,000.

The local authority had threatened to take action should that regular payment not arrive.

Massone has consistently insisted that Livingston would meet the deadline for the payment in full - £280,000 plus VAT - due to the council for use of Almondvale Stadium.

A secure future for senior football at Livingston remains our priority

West Lothian Council

However, BBC Scotland understands that he has now told the council that this is unlikely to be the case.

A council spokesman would only confirm: "Confidential discussions have taken place with Livingston FC this morning.

"We previously agreed a deadline of 30 June with the club by which time we have asked them to provide evidence that they can meet all other outstanding obligations to the council.

"A secure future for senior football at Livingston remains our priority."

Livingston this week sold striker Leigh Griffiths to First Division rivals Dundee for £125,000.

But they have other creditors awaiting payment, including Scottish Power, which only last week cut off the electricity at the stadium after a bill of £32,000 was left unpaid.

Thursday's meeting with the council was also attended by former Dumbarton owner Neil Rankine, who has been holding talks with Massone about a possible involvement in the club.

Former Cowdenbeath chairman Gordon McDougall had talks with the Livi chairman two weeks ago.

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see also
Dens signing Griffiths eyes title
26 Jun 09 |  Dundee
Livingston meet council payment
22 Jun 09 |  Livingston
Hay critical of Livi leadership
20 Jun 09 |  Livingston
Massone explains power cut stance
18 Jun 09 |  Livingston
Massone not looking to sell Livi
05 Jun 09 |  Livingston
Livi request cash aid from fans
27 May 09 |  Livingston
Livi face administration threat
15 May 09 |  Livingston
Club owner in hit-and-run charge
15 May 09 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
Livingston face relegation threat
12 May 09 |  Livingston
Livi's wages late despite pledge
08 May 09 |  Livingston

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