Tax authorities filed a bankruptcy petition against former Liverpool and England footballer John Barnes, but the judge dismissed it.
Barnes’ case was examined by Judge Paul Greenwood at an Insolvency and Companies Court hearing in London.
HMRC (HM Revenue & Customs) had filed a petition for bankruptcy.
Judge Greenwood dismissed the case on Wednesday after an HMRC officer informed another judge earlier in the month that the tax owed had been paid.
The hearing was not attended by Barnes.
An earlier hearing had been postponed by a different court in February so that “settlement negotiations” could take place.
At the hearing in February, Megan Vanderhook, who represented HMRC, stated that Barnes owed at least £200,000.
Barnes, 59, was a player for Newcastle, Liverpool, and Watford.
Between 1983 and 1995, he earned 79 England caps, and once his playing days were over, he served as Celtic’s head coach.