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MP: Govt needs to look at who holds Worcester Warriors' assets

Worcester Editorial 30th Sep, 2022   0

WORCESTER’S MP has called for the Government to launch a thorough process to investigate all the transactions which have taken place at Warriors over the past two years.

Robin Walker described the numerous different holding companies in which the assets of the club are being held as ‘complex’.

It’s a claim refuted by club owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham who said the Sixways stadium had not been taken out of the club’s ownership recently but had been separated when they took the helm in 2018.

Mr Walker was among the coalition of Worcestershire’s MPs who called for the club to be placed in administration earlier this month, a claim he repeated during a Parliamentary debate on Thursday (September 22)

“I am grateful the DCMS [Department of Culture, Media and Sport] have listened to and acted on the concerns of fans, staff and players at the Warriors and the many teams that they support,” he said.

“Securing the future of Sixways is a priority for us all and I am profoundly grateful for the support of all my Worcestershire colleagues in Parliament, local councils and so many constituents.

“It was an honour to be able to speak up in Parliament for my team and if it has made a small difference to the chances of this process working through in a positive way I will be forever grateful.

“I know this must still be a deeply worrying time for all the staff at Sixways and every fan that loves this club.”

Worcester’s MP welcomed statements from Premiership Rugby Limited and the Rugby Football Union as well as an avalanche of supportive messages from other Premiership clubs such as Wasps who face a similar fate to Warriors.

The RFU have suspended Warriors men’s and women’s teams from playing as the club went into administration but Walker welcomed the prospect it could be a temporary suspension, giving them the chance to resume their campaigns in the Gallagher Premiership and Allianz Premier 15s respectively as and when the financial situation is resolved.

“It is clear the administrators will have the whole rugby world urging them to succeed,” said Mr Walker.

The MP revealed he had been in touch with both the consortia who have expressed an interest in buying the club out of administration and urged them to contact the administrators immediately to explore how they can help to accelerate the process.

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