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Worcester Warriors MP Robin Walker is asking DCMS to approve the club’s transfer to administration

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Worcester MP Robin Walker will ask the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to sanction the takeover of Worcester Warriors into administration.

Walker will ask the government to intervene at the beleaguered Premiership club when he addresses Parliament at 17:00 BST on Thursday.

Warriors must prove to Rugby Football Union that they can safely host Saturday’s game against Newcastle by midday.

They are also in front of you RFU funding ultimatum until 17:00 BST on Monday.

“Enough is enough,” Walker, whose constituency includes Warriors’ Sixways Stadium, told ` Hereford & Worcester.

“We need to take action to save this club to ensure people are paid properly. We have to make sure they have the right support.

“They don’t seem to be getting that from the owners at the moment.”

Many of the club’s non-playing staff received only 65% ​​of their August salaries, while others received none at all.

Last Sunday’s opening home game against Exeter finally went ahead at a reduced capacity after the club received a safety certificate and many staff worked free of charge to ensure the game was played.

The RFU issued their ultimatums on Wednesday, wanting proof that Saturday’s Premiership game against Newcastle could be played by Thursday midday, having set “the same conditions for conducting this weekend’s games as last weekend”.

They also want to see a “credible” financial plan to move the club forward by 5pm BST Monday, or will ban the Warriors’ men’s and women’s teams from “all competitions”.

Walker said he wanted the government to “trigger this administrative process”, adding it was “the best way to save the club”.

Five Worcestershire MPs – including Walker – previously called for the club to go into administration, which the club’s owners Jason Whittingham and Colin Goldring have said “catastrophic effects”.

“Now is the time to act”

Whittingham and Goldring made the announcement agreed to sell the club on September 13, but have not issued a confirmation since.

Former Warriors boss Jim O’Toole leads a consortium that wants to take over the association But any deal is contingent on the club entering administration.

“Local MPs and I called for an administrative process to move the club forward. It’s very clear there are investors interested in moving into the club and backing it,” Walker said.

“But they have made it clear that they believe this will only happen through administration.

“DCMS has always said that they are concerned about administration that this could lead to the club being dissolved and clearly no one wants that.

“This is a huge commons. It is the livelihood of many people. People have gone out of their way to release games.

“We all want the club to be saved and the whole club and property around it to be held together and I would like to argue with DCMS that now is the time to act.”

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