Aston Villa record £69m financial loss including £30m bonus payment to former owner Randy Lerner

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Image: Aston Villa announced a financial loss of £68.9million in their latest accounts

Aston Villa have recorded a loss of almost £69m for the last financial year.

The deficit includes a £30m bonus payment to former owner Randy Lerner which was due on their return to the Premier League.

The club also outlined "exceptional promotion-related costs" of £45.8m as a significant contributory factor in the £68.9m loss for the financial year ending May 31, 2019.

Randy Lerner during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham.
Image: Randy Lerner owned Aston Villa for a decade between 2006-2016

The results showed turnover was down by £14.3m on the previous year to £54.3m - mainly due to a reduction in Premier League parachute payments.

Villa, who had a loss of £36m the previous year, revealed new owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens invested £30m into the club to cover the bonus due to Lerner.

However, despite the losses, the club insists cash injections made by the new owners mean Villa are now debt-free and in compliance with Financial Fair Play regulations.

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A club statement read: "During the year, the ownership group introduced £105.7m into the club all of which was in the form of capital injections which resulted in Aston Villa remaining debt-free.

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"Aston Villa can confirm that in the three-year period ending May 31, 2019, the club complied with the EFL's Profitability & Sustainability Rules.

"After promotion, The Premier League reviewed and confirmed compliance in accordance with their own policies and procedures."

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