23rd May, 2019

Ongoing Coventry City talks with Wasps over Ricoh Arena stay hit 'hurdles'

Les Reid 10th May, 2019 Updated: 10th May, 2019

COVENTRY City have broken weeks of silence amid ongoing confidential talks with Wasps to stay at the Ricoh Arena.

The club had hoped for an early resolution ahead of a rescheduled meeting of the English Football League on May 29.

It could involve member clubs voting on whether to expel the club from the league if it has nowhere to play.

The club said two weeks ago it was looking for a deal quickly as it only had a limited timescale on an alternative groundshare option – at an undisclosed location.

The CCFC website statement says today: “Coventry City Football Club can confirm that it is still in discussions with Wasps Holdings Limited regarding extending our current license to play at the Ricoh Arena.

“There have been a few hurdles along the way, but we are all working hard, and are continuing to work hard, to overcome these and reach an agreement to play at the Ricoh Arena, therefore avoiding the need to groundshare.

“Details of discussions with Wasps Holdings Limited are confidential at this stage, due to mutually signed confidentiality agreements, and we will update fans as soon as we are able to do so.”

The club’s tenancy to play at the Ricoh only extended to the end of the season just finished, amid a multi-party dispute.

But the talks began after companies related to the football club’s owners Sisu lost an appeal to the Supreme Court over Coventry City Council’s sale of the Ricoh Arena to the then London Wasps rugby club in 2014.

Wasps have also confirmed the confidential talks are ongoing.

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