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A COURT has ended a row between a Lee-on-the-Solent firm and Southampton Football Club.

The club has just two weeks to pay Solent Interiors Systems Ltd for a major refurbishment of the luxury Mike Channon Suite at St Mary’s Stadium.

London’s Technology and Construction Court heard how the contractor started work in May and received the first three instalments of the £315,000 fee, but the last £55,000, due in July, was never paid.

An adjudication in August ruled that Saints should hand over the money immediately, along with interest built up in the month at £12.81 per day.

But despite further demands, no money was handed to the commercial outfitter, and no explanation was offered, the court heard.

The club did not send a representative or a legal team to the case, emailing court officials a day before to signal an intention not to attend.

In absence, the club was ordered to pay £55,000 plus VAT as well as interest totalling £1,370.63 and legal costs of £3,309.

Southampton Football Club could not be reached for comment.

Outside the court, Amy Amison from PJ English Associates, representing SIS, said: ‘This has interrupted the cash flow of Solent Interiors Systems quite significantly because they were expecting payment in July and it will be December before they receive the money.’