Worcester Warriors: The Premiership club face Exeter after avoiding suspension


Worcester’s total debts are reported to be £25 million

Financially troubled Worcester Warriors have been given the go-ahead to play this weekend after proving they can safely host games at Sixways.

Sunday’s Premiership game against Exeter can go ahead after it was shown that it had obtained a general safety certificate from the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

The club met the Friday noon deadline to be able to play the game.

Saturday’s Allianz Cup clash between Worcester and Harlequins Women will also go ahead as originally planned.

in one post on social media,external link Warriors director of rugby Steve Diamond said attendance for the men’s game will be limited to “around 5,000” at the 11,500-capacity stadium.

He added that “a lot of work by people behind the scenes in difficult situations” has been done.

Worcester and Exeter postponed their squad announcements until Sunday while a security issue was resolved by the RFU. suspended threatened Warriors if they did not give the corresponding certificate from all the competitions.

The RFU said they were “delighted” to have settled the matter and “acknowledged it has been a difficult and uncertain time” for Worcester, as well as their opponents, this weekend.

Questions about the future of the club for sale, however, remain unanswered.

Shortly after the announcement, Worcester workers – who have received up to 65% of their August pay – released a statement saying they “remain angry” at the “constant broken promises and lack of communication from higher ups”.

They added: “We hope that new ownership will come in with a clear break from those currently in place.

“Recent events have added more stress to an already frustrating and uncertain situation for everyone and we cannot promise that this goodwill will continue indefinitely.”

Warriors owners said Tuesday agreed terms of sale of the agreed club, In August he was served with a settlement request from HM Revenue and Customs over an unpaid £6m tax bill.

The sale to unidentified interested buyers is pending, leaving the club at risk of entering administration.

The game’s management team said they are still working with the club on the situation.

“The RFU, Premiership Rugby and the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Departments will continue to work with Worcester Warriors owners over the coming days regarding funding and potential proposals for new ownership,” the RFU statement said.