Open Letter on Behalf of Coventry City Fans

mark82

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All,

On behalf of all Coventry City fans we, as fan groups, demand representatives of both Wasps RFC and Coventry City FC to return to the negotiating table to agree a deal for the return of Coventry City to the Ricoh Arena for the 2020/21 season and beyond.

Recent local media reports have suggested that there were indeed requests from Wasps RFC, on behalf of Coventry City Council, to restrict the rights of Coventry City FC to take any future action against Coventry City Council with regards to the Ricoh Arena. We believe that this is a wholly unacceptable request that is tantamount to refusing to agree a deal. Further to this Coventry City Council have recently announced that they have not interfered in recent talks, which begs the question as to why this was requested?

Rather than dwell on what has gone, we request that all parties return to negotiations to bring Coventry City FC back to Coventry. All unreasonable requests for restriction of legal rights should be dropped.

We ask Coventry City Council to publicly confirm that they do not require any legal restrictions, or indemnification, to be written into any contract for Coventry City to play at the Ricoh Arena.

We ask Wasps RFC to not request any legal restrictions, or indemnification, from Coventry City or Sisu.

We ask that both Coventry City FC/Sisu and Wasps RFC put their differences aside and immediately return to negotiate commercial terms in good faith for a deal that is mutually beneficial, and considers any financial penalties that may be incurred by Coventry City as a result of the agreed contract to play at St. Andrews in the upcoming season.

We call on the English Football League to confirm they will enable Coventry City to return to Coventry to play at the Ricoh Arena, even if the season has commenced when a deal is agreed.

We ask that Andy Street returns to help mediate talks between Coventry City FC and Wasps RFC to enable the clubs return to the city of Coventry.

If a deal was as close as has been reported, then there is no reason why a deal cannot be concluded if the unreasonable terms implied by a third party to the deal are removed.

Signed:

Sky Blues Trust
Sky Blues Talk Online Community
Northern Sky Blues Supporters Club
Coventry City Diamond Club
Coventry City Former Players Association
Coventry City LGBT+ Supporters Group
 
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rhino1002

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Great letter
To which parties or persons has this letter been sent
Has it been sent to the media local and national
 

Levship20

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Send it to every MP in Cov and put them under pressure to respond. It is easy to send under the ‘write to your MP’ on gov website.
Great letter but massively bemused why so many of Coventry’s elected representatives are not speaking out????
 
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mark82

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Mark
Great letter
To which parties or persons has this letter been sent
Has it been sent to the media local and national
Been sent to:

Coventry City – Dave Boddy, Tim Fisher
Sisu – Joy Seppala
Wasps – Nick Eastwood, Stephen Vaughan, Derek Richardson
Coventry City Council – George Duggins, Gary Ridley, Martin Reeves, Julie Newman
West Midlands Combined Authority – Andy Street
EFL - Rick Parry, David Baldwin

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire
Coventry Telegraph
Coventry Observer
Talksport
Sky Sports News
The Guardian

If anyone has any other media contacts please drop me a note. More than happy to send this on anywhere.
 

rhino1002

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I sent a personal letter to all local MP's , the minister of local government Robert Jenrick and Andy Street about the city councils insistence on the indemnity
Not had any replies yet just auto acknowledgements
Copy of letter was shown on other thread
"So now we know "
 
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djr8369

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Might be worth as many of us as possible submitting a letter to local MP with this attached as well?
 
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rhino1002

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I think we all need to keep up the pressure on all concerned especially wasps and the council
Great work by Mark and Pete (please keep it up)
 
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Good work Mark nice to see the observer publishing that piece,the tide is turning the council will not be enjoying this growth they will be seen for what they are patrience is the key,.
 

mark82

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Just to add, the following line isn't quite right:

"Recent local media reports have suggested that there were indeed requests from Wasps RFC, on behalf of Coventry City Council, to restrict the rights of Coventry City FC........."

Obviously there isn't any proof CCC actually requested this at the moment so the wording could have been a bit better but hopefully the sentiment of what I've written isn't lost in that.
 

Rusty Trombone

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Just to add, the following line isn't quite right:

"Recent local media reports have suggested that there were indeed requests from Wasps RFC, on behalf of Coventry City Council, to restrict the rights of Coventry City FC........."

Obviously there isn't any proof CCC actually requested this at the moment so the wording could have been a bit better but hopefully the sentiment of what I've written isn't lost in that.
Not a bad idea to put something in that's wrong though, might get them to come out and clarify it.
 

BigadamL

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Nice idea but I don’t really think it’s going to make a blind bit of difference