‘Awful awful awful’ – Supporters enraged at news Coventry will not be playing at Ricoh Arena next season

Coventry City will be leaving the Ricoh Arena at the end of the season.

In a statement on the club’s website, the Sky Blues board confirmed the news and announced they are in advanced negotiations over two possible ground shares for next season.

The EFL has given them until 25th April to confirm their arrangments or face possible expulsion from the league.

Supporters were angry at the news which is the result of an ongoing legal dispute between the club’s owners SISU and Coventry City Council in which the stadium’s owners, rugby club Wasps, are mentioned as an interested party.

SISU has always contested the sale of the ground by the council to Wasps in 2014, and despite losing two previous judicial reviews which upheld the council’s decision to sell to the rugby club, the controversial Sky Blues owners issued new legal proceedings in 2017.

Coventry’s current lease runs out at the end of the season, and the rugby club has refused to negotiate over a renewal while the legal action is ongoing.

This is the second time in their recent history that Coventry have been forced to leave the stadium that was purposely built for them in 2005. A previous legal dispute over rent payments with the council led to them playing the 2013/2014 season at Northampton Town’s Sixfields stadium.

Supporters soon took to Twitter to vent the fury at the situation, with many threatening not to renew their season tickets for the new season and only attend away games. SISU, Wasps, Coventry City Council and the impotent EFL all came in for scathing criticism.

Here is just a small selection of their angry responses to the latest update which includes some from other clubs offering support to the beleaguered fans of the 1987 FA Cup winners.

 

 

 

 

 

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