Soccer-North American group buys struggling Huddersfield Town

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Championship - Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic - John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, Britain - February 29, 2020 Young flag wavers get wet from the sprinklers when waiting for the teams to come out Action Images/John Clifton

(Reuters) - Struggling Huddersfield Town have been bought by an unnamed North American group, the Championship (second-tier) club announced on Thursday.

The takeover will end chairman Dean Hoyle's 14-year association with Huddersfield, who are currently third from bottom in the Championship, on 36 points from 38 games and in danger of being relegated.

Hoyle acquired 75% of Huddersfield's shares to become sole shareholder before signing a contract with the North American group to sell the club, Huddersfield said in a statement.

Completion is subject to legislative and governance procedures, the club said.

Huddersfield were placed under a transfer embargo this month for submitting their annual accounts late.

Hoyle first took over as chairman of the club side in 2009, selling the team to Phil Hodgkinson a decade later. He returned to Huddersfield in 2021 but stepped down as chief executive due to health issues in 2022.

(Reporting by Pearl Josephine Nazare in Bengaluru; Editing by Alison Williams)

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