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Club statement re. money due from Batchelor

York City Football Club confirmed today that following legal advice they have no grounds to pursue the 42,500 owed to the Club by ex-Chairman John Batchelor due to a breach of the confidentiality clause in a contract John Batchelor signed with the Club and the York City Supporters Trust.


42,500 was publicly promised to the Club by Batchelor for season ticket money the ex-Chairman used in advance of the 2003/2004 season and the Supporters Trust takeover of the Club.


A statement made by York City Managing Director Jason McGill on behalf of the Board of Directors said;


The Board of York City Football Club is unable to legally pursue the 42,500 owed to the Club by ex-Chairman John Batchelor due to a breach in the contract relating to comments made in the media by York City Chairman Steve Beck. The breach was made during a Radio 4 interview in October 2003.


The Board is disappointed we cannot challenge John Batchelor legally and that we will be unable to recover this debt. Unfortunately the breach of the agreement allowed John Batchelor an opportunity to avoid payment of the monies owed.


As time evolves the full implications of John Batchelors chairmanship are becoming clearer to our supporters.


Despite his public declarations and promises to the supporters John Batchelor has identified a legal method through which to avoid his financial obligation to the Club and once again it is up to York City Football Club and its supporters to foot the bill.

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