LEEDS United today took the drastic decision to suspend sales of season tickets for next season using credit or debit cards.
The club blamed the decision on the winding up petition issued against them by David Hagigh’s Sport Capital. It said as a result its bankers were currently withholding season ticket funds paid to the club by cards.
A statement on the club website read: “Against the club’s wishes, the funds are being held as a precaution and as a result the club may not receive them until the 2014/15 season is underway.
“Therefore, until further notice, the club will be removing the ability for supporters to pay for their Season Ticket using the credit or debit card option.”
The club said a five month interest-free instalment plan provided was available for fans to spread the cost of their tickets. Cheque and cash payments were also being accepted.
The statement said: “Season ticket renewal forms have now been dispatched to all existing season ticket holders. Online sales are currently suspended.”
Sport Capital – a firm for which United’s former managing director David Haigh is listed as the sole director – called in a loan of almost £1m around the time of Massimo Cellino’s takeover last month.
A statutory demand for more than £957,000 gave Leeds and their Italian owner 21 days to repay the debt, a deadline which United failed to meet.
The club were then served with a winding-up petition 24 hours before their 3-1 win at Birmingham City on April 26.
Yesterday, it was reported that Mt Haigh was in police custody in Dubai after being arrested over alleged financial irregularities relating to the ownership and sale of the club by Gulf Finance House.