Swiss club Xamax files for bankruptcy
Swiss football club Neuchatel Xamax, owned by Chechen businessman Bulat Chagaev, said Thursday it has filed for bankruptcy.
The club's board said in a statement it made the decision due to the withdrawal of the club's licence and its financial situation.
"The board also decided to immediately release the players from their obligations," it said.
Chagaev said in separate statement he would submit an explanation for the decision to Geneva canton prosecutor Yves Bertossa.
Xamax was left out of this week's Swiss Super League's championship race due to Chagaev's actions, the SFL said on January 18.
Chagaev, 51, bought Xamax in May 2011 from its former president Sylvio Bernasconi, for an estimated 1.2 million Swiss francs (one million euros).
Among the accusations he faces are failing to pay his players for several months and not paying payroll taxes.
The disciplinary committee of the SFL also cited a probe into allegations Chagaev submitted a falsified bank document to prove his solvency during a bankruptcy trial.
The action was the latest in a series of actions taken by the football authorities against the club.
Last month, the SFL docked Xamax four points for breaches of licensing rules and reported the club to its disciplinary committee.
In November it imposed a fine of 20,000 Swiss francs for failing to provide "information and financial documents" following Chagaev's takeover.
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