Premiership: Worcester Warriors confirm the club is not under administration after letter sent in error

Dylan Coetzee

Worcester Warriors have released a statement denying that the club has been placed under administration after claims in a letter from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport suggested otherwise.

The Premiership side has been under huge financial pressure after its funds were frozen by HM Revenue & Customs for unpaid tax, coupled with a significant debt of over £25million.

There were concerns Worcester would not be able to fulfil their opening fixture in the 2022/23 Premiership season, but Steve Diamond’s men completed the match, losing 45-14 to London Irish.

Possible buyer

However, the club confirmed this week that there is a potential buyer with the details and confirmation to be finalised.

Worcester’s statement rubbished the claims made about the club going into administration, with DCMS admitting the statement was an “error”.

“Worcester are aware of a letter that is in circulation from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport claiming that the owners have put the club into administration. This is NOT true,” the Warriors’ statement read.

“The statement was sent out in error by DCMS who have apologised for their mistake and the distress and anxiety it has caused to our staff and suppliers at what is already an extremely stressful time.”

Worcester’s next clash is against Exeter Chiefs on Sunday, who come off a strong performance where they upset defending champions Leicester Tigers in the opening round.

Despite concerns that the game will not go ahead, Diamond claims the game is set to go ahead based on the information he has.

“As far as I’m concerned the game’s on. I’ve been told nothing untoward. We’re preparing as though the game is on. We’re on BT. All buttons are being pressed,” Diamond said.

“All money is welcomed and I think the current owners are doing everything behind the scenes to ensure that the game goes on, which means staff being paid, suppliers been paid and casual workers coming in.”

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