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Cardiff hit with transfer embargo due to tax trouble

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Cardiff City has had another transfer embargo imposed by the Football League because of continuing concerns over unpaid tax bills.

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs has issued a winding-up order and City return to the High Court on 11 August.

That relates to an unpaid PAYE tax debt, understood to be £1.3m.

Cardiff City chief executive Gethin Jenkins says the club are confident they will pay the monies owed in the course of this week.

Jenkins says he would then expect the petition to be withdrawn.

The Cardiff chief, who joined the Bluebirds at the end of last season from Newport Gwent Dragons, said the hurdle formed part of the process of getting the club on a sound business and financial footing.

"As is normal procedure, if PAYE isn't paid then HMRC are fully entitled to lodge a petition," said Jenkins.

"Cardiff City Football Club fully expect to pay monies owed in the forthcoming week, following which the petition will naturally be withdrawn.

"This hurdle all forms part of the ongoing process of getting the club on a sound business and financial footing."

Cardiff City are no strangers to the High Court, finally seeing off a previous winding-up order in June following a £6m investment by the Malaysian consortium who have taken over the club.

The club admitted then that there had been a transfer embargo, which was then lifted - but is now re-imposed.

Players can be sold, but not signed under the terms of a transfer embargo.

The club is still believed to have debts of at least £20m and recently players' wages were delayed - although this was put down to money transfer problems.

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