Worcester’s match against Exeter faces the AX as the tight club misses the deadline to settle unpaid bills with medical and security providers ahead of the Premiership match
- Worcester are currently on the brink of losing Sunday’s game against Exeter
- The club in need of money could not pay its stadium suppliers for the match
- The Warriors missed a 5pm deadline to play the medical and security providers
- The Premiership match can’t go on without those essential services
Worcester are on the verge of forfeiting Sunday’s game against Exeter after the money-stressed club failed to pay its stadium suppliers.
With bank accounts frozen, the Warriors missed a 5 p.m. deadline to settle unpaid bills with medical and security providers.
The Premiership match cannot go ahead without the essential services, bringing the club one step closer to bankruptcy.
Worcester Warriors (players pictured) are about to lose Sunday’s match against Exeter
Co-owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham on Tuesday claimed to have reached an agreement on investment terms to relieve the club’s debts.
But the deal remains in doubt after they failed to deliver a promised update on Wednesday, with the investor remaining anonymous.
Rugby director Steve Diamond said: ‘I’m not here to sort it out. If people aren’t paid and suppliers aren’t, I don’t think the game can go on logistically.
“These people have to perform and I think they’re in the final grasp of that. If not, I probably won’t sit in front of you anymore. That’s the reality of it.
With bank accounts frozen, the Warriors missed a 5 p.m. deadline to settle unpaid bills with medical and security providers (Sixways Stadium pictured)
The Premiership match cannot go on without the essential services, bringing the club one step closer to bankruptcy
‘I’m too old and ugly to be naive to think they’re spinning a yarn. I do not think so.’
Goldring and Whittingham have lost confidence from staff and players after weeks of financial chaos.
Sports post understands that there have been 15 layoffs in the non-rugby division due to unpaid and partially paid wages.
Staff shortages make organizing the fixture a logistical challenge, with parking parking spaces and ticketing difficult.
“It needs to be restarted,” Diamond said. “It’s in a sorry state and any money is welcome. The owners are in a position where a lot of artillery is aimed at them, rightly or wrongly, and they are sincerely trying to do their best.
Rugby director Steve Diamond has expressed concerns about whether the game will continue if ‘people aren’t paid and suppliers aren’t paid’
“We are in uncharted waters. That has not happened at many clubs. Richmond, 25 years ago, was the last and I was still playing, so I didn’t have to put up with this political mess.”
Meanwhile, Leicester wing Harry Potter has admitted he would welcome a test call from England but will face a big decision whether to represent them or Australia.
Potter, 24, was born in Wimbledon but moved to Australia when he was 10.
“I haven’t been approached about it. It would be great if the opportunity arises,” he said.
“I would cross that bridge when I got there. As long as we do well at Leicester and I play well, those decisions will be much easier.”