Rochdale News | Sports News | EFL charge Rochdale AFC and ‘a number of others’ with attempted ‘hostile takeover’ of club

Date published: March 16, 2022

Rochdale AFC and “a number of others” have been charged with breaches of EFL (English Football League) regulations in relation to the club’s “hostile takeover” last summer.

The individuals – who have not been named – have been the subject of disciplinary investigations by the EFL in relation to the acquisition of Rochdale AFC shares by Morton House in July 2021.

The takeover attempt was investigated by the EFL in August 2021 to determine whether “the club, any official, any affected person and/or any other person involved has complied with the requirements of the regulations on the acquisition of shares in the club in July 2021.”

The EFL said at the time that: “It is alleged that Morton House MGT has acquired control of the club and a number of people have become data subjects without the EFL’s prior consent in accordance with the test of owners and administrators (OADT).

The ‘takeover’ was dropped in August after those involved withdrew from the EFL owners and directors test.

In August, the EFL said: “Morton House MGT, its directors and representatives have confirmed to the League that they refuse to co-operate with the League’s ongoing investigations. Despite these developments, the EFL will continue its disciplinary investigations on this matter and will take the most appropriate action available to it under its regulations.”

After concluding its investigation, the EFL determined today (Wednesday March 16) that there is “sufficient evidence to warrant the issuance of various misconduct charges”.

The multiple cases will now be referred to an independent disciplinary commission.

Rochdale AFC have issued the following statement regarding the charges against the club: “The club have co-operated fully with the EFL at every stage of their investigation and will continue to do so, having already provided the EFL with a considerable volume of their evidence. .

“The club will now review their legal position in relation to the charges. No further comment will be made at this time.”

Ruth J. Leeds