Date: 2nd March 2017 at 10:54am
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Leyton Orient’s battle this season isn’t going to be limited to staying in the Football League – a winding up petition has also been issued against the club.

A winding up petition was issued by HM Revenue and Customs on 2nd February with this confirmed earlier this week. A High Court hearing will be held late this month, 20th March.

Following the defeat at Stevenage on Tuesday – which sees Orient six points adrift at the foot of the table – this winding up petition was confirmed over unpaid tax bills.

Francesco Becchetti is considering selling the club but the BBC has reported ‘it is understood a number of potential offers have not been considered sufficiently financially attractive.’

The EFL are aware of the winding up petition and ‘had been in contact with the club asking them for further information and observations about the situation.’

Leyton Orient Fans Trust (Loft) supporters’ group are meeting today to work on a ‘financial fighting fund’ as a back up plan if Orient were to go into liquidation.

Tom Davies, vice chairman of Loft was quoted by this Beeb report as saying.

‘This is a cause for alarm, but given the way things have been going recently we suspected something like this was coming down the track. Obviously it is concerning to get a winding up petition, and we are worried about how the owner will react, if indeed he does react to this.’
Davies said the HMRC action would give extra focus to the fan meeting, and called on supporters to rally around to save the club. We need new funding, and a new owner. Other clubs have survived periods like this and gone on to flourish, but first of all we need to get out of the hole we are in at present.’

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