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Widnes Vikings set to enter administration as Sheffield fixture postponed

Championship side Widnes Vikings are expected to go into administration on Friday.

If the Vikings do enter administration, which seems likely at this stage, the club will receive a 12-point deduction.

The Vikings have already postponed Sunday’s Championship game against Sheffield Eagles “with discussions ongoing to ensure the club’s survival”.

They have received next month’s central distribution money from the Rugby Football League early, allowing the club’s staff and players to be paid.

Despite being at the later stages of talks, a proposed takeover of the club fell through earlier in the week.

The Vikings, relegated from Super League last season after a seven-year spell in the top tier of rugby league, said the deal had collapsed after a “key member” of the group pulled out.

A statement from the Vikings said: “The club continues to invite other expressions of interest from individuals or groups that may wish to support Widnes Vikings at this time,”

They said the decision to postpone Sunday’s game had been done “in conjunction” with the Eagles and that they would update supporters as soon as the club could confirm further details.

The Vikings have won two and lost one of their three league fixtures this season.

A fundraising page has also been launched to in a bid to save the club and this can be found here.

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