League Two: Leyton Orient Finally Pay £250k Tax Bill But Still Owe Several Creditors

Conor Buckley

Leyton Orient have finally paid off their hefty tax bill of £250k, but are still in debt to several creditors,  reports the Daily Mail.

Orient, who currently sit rock bottom of League 2, have had the HMRC chasing their unpopular owner Francesco Becchetti over the debt. It was revealed by the High Court on Monday that the bill had been paid, but a winding up order still hangs above their heads.

The East London club are not safe yet, however, with the creditors getting behind the winding-up order to ensure the money they are owed is paid back. 

The Court was told that the club still owe club photographer Simon O'Connell £6k, Central Circuit Event Management Ltd, who provide match-day stewards, £18k; and London Borough Waltham Forest, their local council, £36k.

Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Redbridge - Sky Bet League Two
Leyton Orient v Dagenham & Redbridge - Sky Bet League Two

Owner, Francesco Becchetti was absent from the court hearing, which has been described as the biggest day of their 136-year history. Since he bought the club from Barry Hearn back in July of 2014, fans have been hoping for him to sell so they can get the club back on its feet.

Leyton Orient Supporters' Trust have a raised a staggering £110k to pay off the club's debts, but Becchetti has no intention of using this money to pay the debts, instead it will be used to fund a new football club should Orient go under.

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