BURY Football Club have been told they face expulsion from the EFL on August 23 unless they satisfy the league’s demand for financial information.

The club has been told this afternoon that they must “meet all outstanding requirements of the league’s insolvency policy” or face the withdrawal of their ‘golden share’.

The Carabao Cup game against Sheffield Wednesday, which had been due to take place at Hillsborough on Tuesday, August 13, has now been suspended.

The Shakers’ opening two league games of the season against MK Dons and Accrington Stanley have also been shelved as the EFL continue to demand information from club owner Steve Dale on how he intends to pay bills, going forward.

Dale insists he has provided the requisite details and has accused league officials of “throwing hurdles” in front of the club.

A statement the EFL read: “Bury FC’s scheduled Carabao Cup fixture with Sheffield Wednesday has been suspended by the EFL Board after the Club failed to provide the additional specific detail requested in relation to a number of its financial obligations.

“The club had been set a 5pm deadline on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, by the league who were seeking further information into how they planned to meet its commitments in respect of football creditor debts, payment to unsecured creditors as part of the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), alongside source and sufficiency of funding for season 2019/20.

“Following extensive discussions and correspondence between the club’s ownership and the league - the additional information provided lacks the clarity required and as a result of the league not being able to defer the decision any later than today, the club’s Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 will not take place as scheduled in accordance with Carabao Cup rules.

“The EFL will continue to concentrate its efforts on working constructively with the Club and Mr Dale to obtain the detail required to avoid any further suspensions.

“However, the EFL Board is of the strong opinion that it cannot continue to suspend fixtures indefinitely and, after Wednesday’s deadline for information was passed without a successful resolution, it will now lift the suspension on the notice of withdrawal of membership of the EFL.

“Bury were served the notice of withdrawal of membership on 25 July 2019 and it has remained suspended until today (August 8, 2019).

“As per the league’s Articles of Association, this will now give the club 14 days (until August 23, 2019) to meet all outstanding requirements of the league’s insolvency policy or its membership of the EFL will be withdrawn.”

EFL Executive Chair, Debbie Jevans CBE, added: “Despite continued efforts, regular communication and dialogue with Mr Dale and his team, the required evidence has not been forthcoming. Albeit regretfully, the Board has been left with no choice but to take the action it has.”