Swiss club Xamax owed $25.5M to 364 creditors

Swiss football club Neuchatel Xamax, which collapsed into

bankruptcy last year, owed 24 million Swiss francs ($25.5 million)

to 364 creditors.

The bankruptcy office of Neuchatel canton (state) says almost 6

million Swiss francs ($6.38 million) is owed in unpaid wages.

The office has collated the individual debts left by the

Chechen-owned club, which dropped out of the Swiss league in

January 2012. Creditors have been invited to contest the list

within three weeks.

Prosecutors in Neuchatel are investigating Chechen businessman

Bulat Chagaev over alleged fraud and financial mismanagement.

Chagaev allegedly provided fake American bank letters purporting

to show he had access to $35 million.

Xamax’s honorary president was Sepp Blatter, a board member from

1970-75. The FIFA president had no link to the club’s collapse.