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Points blow football club pays debt to stay in action

By Alan Erwin

Portadown Football Club has fended off a winding up petition at the High Court in Belfast.

Proceedings were brought against the Irish league side over an unpaid bill.

But during a brief hearing today a Crown solicitor confirmed that the undisclosed debt has now been settled.

She said: "My application is to have it dismissed with no order to costs."

Bankruptcy Master Kelly agreed to the move, saying: "It has been paid in full."

The petition is understood to have been brought on behalf of revenue officials.

Portadown FC has endured a turbulent 12 months, culminating in relegation from the top flight of local football.

The club began the season in the Danske Bank Premiership with a 12-point deduction after being found to have made irregular payments to players.

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