Everton has been forced to pay Liverpool City Council over £350,000 for a rejected finance scheme for the club’s new stadium.
Since the council spent £700,000 on expenses preparing to provide the team a loan before work on the Bramley-Moore Dock stadium began, there has been a “ongoing argument.”
The club was able to get funds from other sources.
The council has previously been accused of “failure of governance” by government-appointed commissioners.
Between 2016 and 2019, the authority looked at the prospect of giving money to Everton for their new stadium, which was estimated to cost around £280 million at the time.
The concept was offered by then-mayor Joe Anderson as part of his “invest to earn” policy.
The council would have borrowed the money at a cheap interest rate and loaned it to the club, which would then repay it with interest.
Those monies were supposed to go toward council services.
The group eventually found other sources of income, but the council had already spent money on the due diligence procedure.
Some of the payments were “irrecoverable,” according to an assessment by commissioners appointed by the government to monitor portions of the council. The authority also “failed to appropriately control expenses,” according to the review.
“Without any official council consent and without any budget provision approval, the council committed substantial cost to evaluate the prospect of a loan to EFC,” it stated.
The council “failed to get a cost indemnity to safeguard its position on fees” and “has been in negotiations with EFC for a period of years to negotiate a resolution, again without any council approvals in place,” according to the assessment.
It went on to say that there had been a “failure of governance” and that a “lessons learned” study had been requested.
According to the report, the council’s deputy chief executive may write off any debt arising from the difference between the council’s invoice and the settlement negotiated, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
“Both sides have worked really hard and have been determined to resolve this specific problem and come up with a mutually-agreed negotiated settlement,” deputy mayor Jane Corbett said at a council meeting.
The 52,000-seat Bramley-Moore Dock stadium, which is predicted to cost £500 million, is set to open in 2024.