SWINDON Town Football Club have released a statement regarding the winding up petition issued by HM Revenue & Customs.

Here is the club's statement in full:

"The Club has had a winding up petition presented against it, which has been fully paid.

"Receipt of monies have been confirmed and we are going through the process of having the petition set aside. 

"We would like to reassure everyone that there is no danger of the Club going into liquidation and this, hopefully, is the last of a series of challenges arising from the ownership battle that the Club has had to tackle."

The statement follows the revelation that HMRC had issued a winding up petition against the club over unpaid taxes and a High Court hearing date for the peitiion had been set for Monday, February 23. 

The statement confirms what Town director Sangita Shah told the Advertiser yesterday, when she said: "I can categorically say we have dealt with this issue and this is just the process playing out."

The statement suggests that the unpaid tax bill was hanging over the club from the ownership battle between chairman Lee Power and former owner Jed McCrory that was resolved in court last summer.