Groups call for FA intervention

Members of the Coventry community have called upon the Football League to refer the club's proposed groundshare to The Football Association.

Last Updated: 19/07/13 at 12:20

Coventry fans: Against groundshare proposal

Coventry fans: Against groundshare proposal

World Cup Promotions

Daily World Cup Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Those including supporters group the Sky Blue Trust, local MPs Jim Cunningham and Bob Ainsworth, Nikki Sinclaire MEP and the board of Ricoh Arena management company ACL have all signed an open letter to the League.

They have done so quoting regulation 79 of the Football League rules, which allows the League to refer any matter to a commission appointed by the FA.

It comes after the League's reluctant approval that Coventry can play their home games at Northampton's Sixfields Stadium for an initial period of three seasons while their new ground is being built, although it could stretch to as many as five.

Part of the open letter stated: "While there are threats that Coventry City FC will move to play their home games in Northampton, we still believe that a resolution to this matter is possible - and one that keeps the Sky Blues playing where they belong, in Coventry.

"The Football League has not been able to resolve this issue, and it has indicated that it might reluctantly have to allow the Sky Blues to play in Northampton if Otium Entertainment Group Limited is successful in acquiring the Football League Share for Coventry City FC.

"Otium has not, as yet, acquired the Golden Share, and there are other options available to the Sky Blues to enable them to continue playing in Coventry for the forthcoming season.

"If the Football League believes it has been put in a difficult position, then there is a procedure that the League can follow to allow the Football Association to determine the best outcome for Coventry City Football Club - and above all for its supporters."

Commenting on the letter, ACL director Peter Knatchbull-Hugessen said: "With the new season drawing ever closer, we are continuing to fight to keep the Sky Blues in Coventry. It's what we want, it's what the Football League wants, and most importantly of all, it's what Sky Blues fans want.

"The Football League's attempts to act as an honest broker have been rejected by Sisu, so we are calling on them to use their power to refer this matter to the Football Association. We hope that both bodies will take this opportunity to act in the best interests not just of Sky Blues fans but also for the good of football in this country."

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

L

ast five Arsenal captains: Gallas, Fabregas, Van Persie, Vermaelen, Arteta. Talk about a poisoned chalice...

juan de gunnaz
The Sluggish Gossip

W

ill any Brazilian parent ever name their child Fred again? I could see it earning similar status as the first name Adolph in Germany (or anywhere, come to think of it).

bleublancrouge
Nothing Will Ever Be The Same For Brazil. Ever.

C

redit to Vlaar for stepping up. Better to be the man who missed than be the coward who wouldn't step up for his country

avspitfire
Dutch stars refused penalty

Footer 365

World Cup: Louis van Gaal says two Netherlands players refused to take first penalty against Argentina

Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal claims none of his players wanted to take the first penalty against Argentina.

World Cup: Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella thinks Germany are favourites for Sunday's final

​Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella thinks a well-rested Germany will have the advantage in Sunday's World Cup final.

World Cup: Penalty joy for Argentina as they beat Netherlands to reach final

Argentina overcame Netherlands on penalties after a 0-0 draw to set up a meeting with Germany in the World Cup final.

Mail Box

Do England Need Scholes, Lineker Etc?

They've all got ideas about where things are going wrong, so why don't they step up and help? Plus, we have lots of fall-out from the dullness of Holland v Argentina...

Mails: Are Footballers Just Big Kids?

That's what the mailbox thinks, with Brazil's players showing a lack of responsibility in their 7-1 thrashing by Germany. Plus, more on Ozil and the importance of passion...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property