Rathbone is ‘sick of all the negativity’
Speedway - SGB Championship Fours
Panthers promoter Ged Rathbone has issued a passionate defence of his actions after being blasted by the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA).
Rathbone was accused of ‘appalling’ actions which ‘sold British speedway down the river’ as a row erupted last weekend.
It concerned Rathbone’s decision to allow star talent Jack Holder to miss the big SGB Championship Fours at the East of England Arena last Sunday to race in Poland.
The Panthers supremo insisted it was the right call for all involved - the rider, the city club and Polish outfit Torun - but BSPA chairman Buster Chapman took a dim view and warned sanctions will follow.
Rathbone said: “I will go on record to say I have not sold British speedway down the river as the BSPA statement of last weekend claimed.
“I always aim to act in the best interests of British speedway while doing what is best in the bigger picture for my club.
“It would not have been right to stop Jack from taking an opportunity to race at a high level against some of the best riders in the world after being called up to replace the current world champion.
“We then went on to win a fantastic Fours event - which attracted an unbelievable crowd and provided some sensational racing - without Jack.
“I’m sick of all the negativity that surrounds the sport.
“We have a great product and need to start promoting it in a more positive light.”
The BSPA declined to expand on Chapman’s comments when contacted by the Peterborough Telegraph.
But they did confirm that the matter has now been passed on to the Speedway Control Bureau (SCB) - the sport’s rulemakers - for handling.