Bury owner Steve Dale launches furious attack on Football League for cancelling season opener against MK Dons
- Dale has vowed to challenge the EFL after accusing them of being obstructive
- The EFL have postponed Saturday’s season opener against MK Dons
- They may also cancel Bury’s clash with Accrington Stanley on Saturday week
Bury were plunged deeper into crisis last night after the stricken club’s owner launched a staggering attack on the English Football League.
With Saturday’s season opener against MK Dons postponed, fans fear Bury will be liquidated.
The EFL suspended the fixture — and may do likewise with Bury’s match against Accrington on Saturday week — because they say the club have failed to show they have the funds to pay their £2 million debts.
Bury owner Steve Dale has hit out at the EFL for cancelling his side’s opener against MK Dons
Bury currently have debts of £2 million and fans fear they could face liquidation
The EFL could also postpone their clash with Accrington Stanley, much to Dale’s annoyance
Chairman Steve Dale hit back yesterday, accusing the EFL of not having the best interests of clubs as their ‘primary objective’ and claiming he had furnished them with everything they had asked for.
He said: ‘They still felt it prudent to ignore the facts and send out an incendiary statement for no gain to anybody other than to discredit Bury FC and it’s board.
‘The effect of that to our club has been unrest in players thinking there would be no club, loss of players, sponsors pulling out and five months of hard work being destroyed by them.’
Dale added ominously: ‘I am unsure at this juncture where Bury go when the body that should help us works against us. We will challenge this injustice in whatever forum necessary.’
MK Dons will seek compensation from the EFL to cover the cost of supporters’ travel. Executive director Andrew Cullen said: ‘We hope most supporters will be able to recover costs. Anyone who cannot claim a refund, keep the evidence and we will take it up with the League.’
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