ACL Respond To Appleton Mediation Offer

12 July 2013 02:45
ACL Statement

Arena Coventry Limited have responded to the offer made by CCFC Ltd Administrator Paul Appleton to mediate between all parties in a solution to get Coventry City playing again in Coventry.

In a statement, Arena Coventry Limited, who are meeting the Football League on Monday, say: “We read yesterday, with some surprise, an article in the media suggesting that Paul Appleton had offered to act as an ‘independent’ mediator between The Football League, Otium and ACL.

“It is unclear in what capacity he makes this offer.  Is he making the offer as one of the Joint Administrators, in which case it is difficult to see how he could independently fulfil both roles?

“Or is he making the offer in some other capacity, and thereby seeking further payment in a role that would seem to conflict with his role and duties as a Joint Administrator?

 “The immediate focus of the ACL board is on a meeting with The Football League, scheduled for Monday.

“We are fully aware of the dismay of Sky Blues’ supporters, and of other interested parties such as various Members of Parliament and the European Parliament, in relation to the recent statement of The Football League.

“We will ensure that The Football League fully appreciates the strength of feeling of everybody that wants to keep the Sky Blues in Coventry.

"We will also be seeking confirmation that the Football League Insolvency Policy and rules governing ground moves will be rigorously applied in this case.

 “The meeting will also provide an opportunity for us to correct The Football League’s statement relating to its approval of the proposed groundshare at Northampton.

“The statement suggested that Otium was unable to “reconcile its differences” with ACL.  We have had no contact whatsoever from Otium.

" We will also reiterate, once again, that the doors of the Ricoh Arena are open to CCFC during the administration process (as they were at the end of last season), and beyond.

 “Make no mistake, the board remains absolutely committed to keeping the Sky Blues where they should be, here in Coventry at the Ricoh Arena.”

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Source: Coventry MAD