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Saturday 25 January 2020

Cork given two weeks to pay taxman

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

CORK CITY secured another High Court reprieve yesterday, with the beleaguered Leesiders granted a two-week adjournment on their latest winding-up order from the Revenue Commissioners.

Owner Tom Coughlan was absent, with barrister Elaine Grier, acting on behalf of the struggling club, successfully pleading for a delay on the basis that takeover talks are at an advanced stage.

Justice Mary Laffoy, who presided over the League of Ireland side's court battles with the taxman last August, when the Turner's Cross outfit came within minutes of extinction, granted the request on the basis that the Revenue stands to profit if Coughlan hands over to the consortium.

Meanwhile, in Cork, the players who were suspended by the club on Friday evening after taking part in a press conference outlining their grievances with Coughlan ended up training as normal after it emerged that their employers had not gone through the proper channels in meting out the punishment.

Dan Murray, Danny Murphy, Stephen O'Donnell, Mark McNulty and Paul Deasy turned up at a friendly match against Crosshaven in Cobh on Friday night, where new boss Roddy Collins fielded a team of trialists. While the players knew they wouldn't be involved after their public stand earlier in the day, they were then approached by a club official who handed them letters informing them of their suspension.

However, after discussions with employment lawyer John Boylan, it became apparent that the suspension could not stand as Cork had not informed the players by registered post.

Therefore they turned up for training yesterday, with goalkeeper Dan Connor, who supported the stance of his team-mates but missed Friday due to a family commitment, also attending but then refusing to participate on principle because there was no physio present.

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