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Macc scrap pay to play plan

Macclesfield Town have scrapped their 'pay to play' offer that was to give one fan the chance to play for the Silkmen in return for a £20k payment.

Macclesfield have withdrawn their offer to give someone a chance to pay £20k for a competitive appearance in the Silkmen side.

The Macclesfield Express exclusively revealed the club's eye-catching idea that was aimed at raising funds for the cash strapped Conference Premier side.

The deal would have seen the fan register with the FA and get brought on to play at least 10 minutes in a Conference Premier or cup game this season.

But after the story gained national recognition, concerns were raised about the integrity of the game and league and Macclesfield have scrapped the plan.

The club released the following statement: "The "pay to play" proposal was one of many innovative ideas that have been considered in the last few weeks to raise both funds and interest in the club. It was intended to be a light-hearted idea that would be of interest only to our local media.

"We now recognise that, whatever controls are put in place, it creates a possibility of altering the outcome of a competitive fixture and as such, clearly crosses an important line with respect to the integrity of the game. We are therefore withdrawing the offer and would like to apologise unreservedly to the football authorities and to the Football Conference for our error of judgement in this matter."

The club are trying to raise £100,000 by the end of August in order to keep the football club alive.

Two weeks ago, Cheshire East Council stepped in to buy the freehold to the club’s Moss Rose stadium to provide the cash to prevent them going into administration.

That deal was finally rubber-stamped last week after complex legal negotiations.

As a result of the deal, Macc Town FC becomes a Community Interest Company (CIC) with fans encouraged to buy shares and have their say in the running of the club.

But bosses revealed they still need to raise £50,000 in each of the next two months to stay operating as a full-time professional team.

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