Mansfield Town face stadium rent dispute

A Nottinghamshire football club has said it is "extremely disappointed" to be locked out of its ground.

Blue Square Bet Premier side Mansfield Town found the locks had been changed at the Field Mill stadium on Thursday.

Landlord and former club owner Stags Limited said the lease had been terminated because of rent arrears.

The club, which has ongoing financial issues with Stags Limited, said it was working to resolve the matter and was looking into alternative arrangements.

Earlier this week a statement from Burlington Enforcement, the baliffs acting for Stags Limited, said: "The club has failed to pay the rent that fell due under the lease in September and October 2010."

The owners of Mansfield Town said they had offered to make new arrangements for paying rent but these had not so far been accepted.

Saturday's home game against Barrow has been postponed because of snow, with the next home fixture due for 26 December.

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