Mark Sands of Baker Tilly Creditor Services has been appointed trustee in bankruptcy to former England footballer Kerry Dixon, shortly after the ex Chelsea striker was jailed for nine months.
The bankruptcy order, made on the petition of commissioners for HMRC, shows debts of around £190,000.
According to court papers, Dixon attributed his bankruptcy to neglecting his tax affairs and not being able to afford an accountant to resolve matters.
The successful ex pro, who scored nearly 200 times for Chelsea, was recently jailed for assault against another man, Ben Scoble, in a Dunstable pub.
The Professional Footballers’ Association, which represents current and former professional footballers, had pleaded with Luton Crown Court in June, on Dixon’s behalf, that he be spared prison.
But citing the brutality of his attack, in which the victim is believed to have been kicked and punched eight times around the head, judge Barbara Mensah said she would not consider a suspended sentence.
Dixon spent most of his playing career at Chelsea, but he also had spells at Reading, Southampton, Luton Town, Watford, Millwall and Doncaster Rovers.
He retired as a professional footballer in 1997 and later worked as a publican and club coach. During the past 10 years, he has worked in sporting hospitality and appeared on radio and television as a football pundit.
Sands will now work to identify and realise any available assets for the benefit of creditors.
By Marcel LeGouais