NORTHWICH Victoria Football Club has blasted a section of its supporters over what it describes as 'malicious rumours' that owner Mike Connett has been seeking to sell up.
Chief executive Liz Wolstenholme, Mr Connett's daughter, wrote a hard-hitting statement to fans in Saturday's match programme.
It came after several employees emerged from a meeting at the club saying they had been told by Mr Connett he was looking to sell the club within five weeks for £400,000. Mr Connett denied the claims last week.
She said: 'A full investigation with our lawyers has been put into force to find out how these rumours started.
'The individuals have been recognised and once the investigation has been concluded legal action will be taken.
'Our lawyers are dealing with the made on the unofficial Northwich Victoria website forum backed by the supporters' trust which are false, defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful and invasive of individual privacy.'
She goes on to say Northwich doesn't recognise the trust, whose fundraising in the 1990s helped save the club.
Ms Wolstenholme accused the trust of 'trading illegally as an official representation' of Northwich Victoria.
But she said the club does recognise the independent and recently formed supporters' club.
She goes on to say Mr Connett is committed to the long-term development of the ground.
'Why, after all his hard work, would he choose to sell the club or, even worse, liquidate?' she asked.
She said a proposed meeting between the trust and Mr Connett has been scrapped.