Teams: Derby County, Burton Albion
Ravanelli Threat to Rams
Rava threat to the Rams
by Steve Nicholson
A figure of around £75,000 is thought to be the outstanding debt, although a representative of Ravanelli claims it is a six-figure sum.
Derby say payments have been made to Ravanelli under an agreed instalment plan and stress that they have every intention of paying the full amount.
Lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano, acting for Ravanelli, confirms that a number of instalments have been received but says Derby have fallen behind on the agreement.
Settling up with the ex-Italian international was one of the "unexpected costs" revealed by the Rams board a year ago. Ravanelli spent two seasons at Pride Park from August 2001.
He was paid a reported £40,000 a week but his 11 goals could not save the Rams from slipping out of the Premiership at the end of his first season.
Derby, who are around £40m in debt, released Ravanelli in May 2003 but still owed him hundreds of thousands of pounds. The figure was believed to be over £400,000 and the two parties are understood to have settled on a sum of around £200,000.
An instalment plan was agreed as a way of paying the money back. "There is a written agreement and I have asked Derby to respect that but now we have reached a stage where we are considering a petition to wind up the company," said Di Stefano.
"Both Fabrizio and myself have a lot of time for Derby County. It's a great club but we cannot maintain this position. "I feel Derby are not respecting the agreement. Every time we go close to taking action, they pay a few thousand but it's not on.
"This is not about the money. "Fabrizio is not interested in the money but he is a man of principle and this is a matter of principle. "We want to know where we stand."
But Derby's finance director, Andrew MacKenzie, said: "We are not aware of any petition being launched to wind up the club from Fabrizio Ravanelli's representatives. "The club has every intention of paying the full amount to Fabrizio Ravanelli as soon as possible."
Derby are also paying an out-of-court settlement to ex-manager John Gregory by instalments. Gregory's undisclosed pay-off is believed to be about £1m.
He was in the process of taking the Rams to court, claiming wrongful dismissal and payment of outstanding wages for the remaining 26 months of his contract.
Derby say the payments to Gregory are on-going and being met on time
Originally Posted by Nico
I dont belive in jinxing mate, I do belive in playing at home with a 2-0 advantage against a team which I cant see scoring 2 goals!
Of course, if we lose, I'll never admit it was me who wrote this.
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