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Coventry City fans march on Football League HQ

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and SD merged to become the FSA in 2019.

Coventry City fans will march on the Football League’s HQ tomorrow to protest at the decision to rubber stamp the club’s move to Northampton.

The event is being organised by the Keep Cov in Cov campaign.

Organisers have stressed that the protest will be peaceful and have appealed for supporters from other clubs to join them.

Campaign co-ordinator Michael Orton says, “Coventry City FC was founded in Coventry 130 years ago and Coventry has always been our home.

“A hedgefund has decided to rip CCFC out of its home city and community, ripping up our heritage and identity, and sounding the death knell for the club – and the Football League just says ‘yes’!”.

“If Coventry City can be relocated so ‘home’ games involve a 70-mile trip what will it take for the Football League ever to say ‘no’ to an owner?”

Football League rule 13.4 (Section 4) states that clubs will “not generally” be allowed to groundshare outside the “conurbation…from which the Club takes its name or with which it is otherwise traditionally associated.”

Keep Cov in Cov say supporters will meet outside Football League HQ (30 Gloucester Place, London, W1U 8FL) on Thursday 18th July at 4pm.

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