Aston Villa suspend chief executive Keith Wyness amid ‘threat of winding-up order’ over missed tax payment

The club’s owner and chairman Tony Xia has assumed Wyness’s responsibilities

Tuesday 05 June 2018 16:52
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Aston Villa are one of English football’s oldest clubs
Aston Villa are one of English football’s oldest clubs

Aston Villa have suspended their chief executive Keith Wyness amid reports that the club have been told they will be served a winding-up order by HMRC should they not rectify a missed tax payment within the next week.

Villa, who lost to Fulham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley last month, missed a tax payment, according to Sky News city editor Mark Kleinman.

He tweeted: “Exclusive: Aston Villa Football Club suspends CEO Keith Wyness less than a fortnight after Championship play-off final defeat and amid suggestions that HMRC has served a winding-up order against Villa, one of England’s oldest professional football clubs, for missing tax payment.

“Some more clarity on Aston Villa FC situation: the club missed a tax payment last Friday, and has been given a period (which I understand to be a week) by HMRC to make the payment or face a winding-up order.”

The club’s owner and chairman Tony Xia has assumed Wyness’s responsibilities, and Villa have said they will not comment further.

An HMRC spokesperson said: “We do not discuss identifiable taxpayers.

“We will always do everything we can to support taxpayers facing difficulty paying what they owe.”

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