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Council hits back in Ricoh row

Coventry City Council's responding to the latest allegations from Coventry City FC in the Ricoh Arena row.

The club say the council has gone back on its word regarding promises made when the venue was sold to Wasps in 2014.

You can watch our video explaining all of that below.

In response, the council has issued this joint statement from Cllr George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council and Cllr Gary Ridley, Leader of the Opposition Conservative Party, Coventry City Council:

“In 2014 when the Ricoh Arena was sold, it was well-publicised that Coventry City Football Club (CCFC) had stated it would be moving at the end of its existing lease to a new stadium that it intended to build. This was the reason why Coventry City Council ensured the existing tenancy – a two year deal with the option for two more – was honoured as part of any sale to Wasps to secure its future. No organisation can guarantee a future tenancy at a development they no longer own and we played no part in the one-year extension agreed with Wasps in February last year when it was made clear again that no further extension would be given without the cessation of legal action.

“Coventry City Council has always been clear that any future agreement to play at the Ricoh Arena would be dependent on Wasps and CCFC reaching a commercial agreement. That remains the case today. 

“The current situation is about the fact that a commercial agreement cannot be reached due to the continuation of legal action by the football club owners and not about whether there is any legal requirement that trumps that.

“The statement from CCFC today is a distraction to a more important issue to which there remains an easy solution. For almost three years Coventry City Council has been saying that it is happy to talk to the football club once all legal proceedings are dropped and our stance has not changed.”




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