Scottish Football - Dunfermline saved from liquidation

Dunfermline have been saved from liquidation after creditors waived their right to £10million of money owed to them by the Fife club.

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Dunfermline players and staff that are due salary payments dating back to last year will be paid in full

The club, which had been in administration since March, has struck a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) to finally end months of uncertainty.

Gavin Masterton, the club's former owner, abstained from the CVA vote, effectively giving up his claim to around £8.5million owed to him and his companies.

However, the agreement means that players and staff that are due salary payments dating back to last year will be paid in full.

The agreement paves the way for supporters' group Pars United - which has funded the CVA - to press ahead with plans to buy the club.

Former Pars player and boss Jim Leishman - who helped front the supporters' bid - said: "This is a fantastic day. Up until yesterday we were still having meetings discussing what might happen if the CVA did not go through.

"It's through now and there is nothing standing in our way now. Now we have got to make sure we have got sustainability and to ensure we can survive going forward."

News that a CVA had been agreed was greeted with a cheer when supporters waiting outside East End Park were told the news.

Dunfermline were forced to enter administration in a bid to stave off a winding-up order launched after they failed to pay a £134,000 tax bill.

Matters were complicated by the fact the club's stadium was owned by another company - East End Park ltd - which was also placed into administration after a £12million bank loan was called in.

But Pars United was named the preferred bidder by EEP Ltd's administrators KPMG and now the group has successfully won the approval of the club's creditors.

Leishman - who led the club to the First Division title in 1990 - added: "This has been the hardest time I've known at Dunfermline. Over my time here, I've seen some fantastic European games, fantastic cup games and fantastic league wins.

"You can never beat that sense of winning and achieving something as an underdog. And this is a great feeling. This is for the people of this town, the people of Fife."

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