Arsenal’s Spring Series opener against Notts County this weekend has been cancelled after Notts County Ladies ceased to exist, leaving players without a club and, in some cases, without a home.

Players wasted no time in taking to Twitter to express their disbelief, shock and anger.

Former Arsenal Lady, Danielle Buet, tweeted

A statement on the Notts County Ladies website said,  “Alan Hardy has reluctantly admitted defeat in his bid to save Notts County Ladies Football Club after facing a near-£1million bill to keep the club afloat this season.

“The Notts County chairman and owner had hoped to restructure six-figure HMRC debts inherited from Ray Trew and fund ongoing projected losses this season of half a million pounds.

“Despite interest from two Premier League sides to take over the business as a going concern and to protect the players and staff, the FA would not sanction the transfer of licence to safeguard the future of the club under a new ownership structure.

“And, despite weeks of negotiations with lawyers, HMRC and the FA, Hardy has now called time on his plans to save the Ladies set-up.

“The club has today been officially withdrawn from the Women’s Super League and will play no matches in the Spring Series, including this Sunday’s away fixture at Arsenal.”

 

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The game was due to take place at Meadow Park on Sunday. Arsenal’s next game will be against Sunderland Ladies next weekend.