Fans speak out af­ter open let­ter by Coven­try City

Warwickshire Telegraph - - NEWS - By MATT LLOYD

SOME fans have re­acted an­grily to an open let­ter pub­lished by Coven­try City which said the club faced “dev­as­tat­ing” con­se­quences if a rent deal could not be agreed with land­lord Wasps.

The owners of the Ri­coh Arena have re­peat­edly said they will not en­ter a ne­go­ti­a­tion over the foot­ball club’s ten­ancy while its owners con­tinue le­gal ac­tion against them.

Last week a fur­ther ap­pli­ca­tion for an ap­peal was lodged by the foot­ball club’s owners at the Supreme Court over a ju­di­cial re­view into the sta­dium sale.

And the foot­ball club has claimed the English Foot­ball League (EFL) will not al­low City to play in the league next sea­son un­less play­ing in Coven­try.

In the let­ter the club called for all par­ties to come to­gether to find a pos­i­tive res­o­lu­tion.

And it said the con­se­quences of fail­ure in that en­deav­our would be dis­as­trous for the club, its fans and lo­cal com­mu­nity.

But fans re­acted to the let­ter with anger, with many point­ing the finger of blame at the club and its owners for per­sist­ing with le­gal ac­tion against Wasps.

Here are some of the com­ments taken from so­cial me­dia.

On the Coven­try Live Coven­try City Face­book page Roland Payne said: “The an­swer is clear; Sisu stand down. End of.”

Re­spond­ing to the let­ter’s claim ne­go­ti­a­tions could con­tinue de­spite le­gal ac­tion, Giles Hud­son said: “Er, no it can’t and in­deed shouldn’t. Wasps bailed CCFC out pre­vi­ously at the end of a rental con­tract by giv­ing them a year’s ex­ten­sion to sort their act out. they said at the time though that they would not re­peat that of­fer again this year. Well said Wasps.

“I’ve been a Cov fan for nearly 50 years, but would im­plore Wasps to stick to their guns and refuse to en­ter talks un­til any cur­rent or fu­ture planned suits and ap­peals by Sisu are seen to be dropped.

“If the worst came to the worst, one might even look at it as a bless­ing in dis­guise, as we’ve been try­ing to get rid of Sisu for years.”

Adam Gelfs said: “The prob­lem and the so­lu­tion rests firmly with Sisu. It is in their power to act but in­stead they blindly head on to an­other de­feat in court and de­struc­tion of the club.”

Mark Tucker said sim­ply: “Stop the court cases and we will have a sta­dium and a foot­ball club.”

On Twit­ter An­thony Hornsby said: “All are at fault for this. Mainly SISU, cer­tainly the coun­cil and per­haps also Wasps. SISU: Should never have played the tac­tics to get us in this po­si­tion. Coun­cil: Should never have al­lowed #CCFC to be­come a pris­oner in its own home. Wasps: Op­por­tunists.”

Paul C said: “Said it be­fore, say it again. Why don’t SISU proac­tively of­fer to cover Wasps le­gal costs if they lose this ap­peal, in ex­change for Wasps agree­ing a deal.”

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