Leeds United in court victory over firm in ticket money row

Ken Bates. PIC: Varley Picture Agency
Ken Bates. PIC: Varley Picture Agency
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LEEDS United have scored a victory in their long-running legal battle with businessman Robert Weston.

A court in Jersey has ordered Mr Weston’s AdMatch company to pay United just over £190,000, it emerged today.

Jersey-based AdMatch spent a period acting as the agent for the sale of Leeds match and season tickets by credit card, under a deal done by the so-called Yorkshire Consortium that ran the Whites for 10 months in 2004 and 2005.

Following the takeover of United by present chairman Ken Bates in January 2005, the club began proceedings in December of that year for the recovery of £190,400 it said it was owed by AdMatch.

Now the Royal Court of Jersey has granted a judgment against AdMatch for the full amount claimed by Leeds.

United’s relief at that result was, however, tempered today by the prospect of taking yet more legal action.

In a statement, the club said: “Mr Weston has informed Leeds that he has removed the monies in question from his company AdMatch. Accordingly, a second action has been started against [him] personally in order to recover the £190,400 belonging to Leeds.”

Mr Weston today denied removing the funds from AdMatch.

They had, he said, been “set off” against an outstanding £1.4m chunk of a loan made to Yorkshire Consortium-era United by Cope Industrial Holdings, a firm in which he is a shareholder.


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