Coventry City owners Sisu told to drop legal action over Ricoh Arena

Coventry City first moved to the Ricoh Arena in 2005 after selling their former home at Highfield Road
Coventry City first moved to the Ricoh Arena in 2005 after selling their former home at Highfield Road

Coventry City's owners Sisu have been told they must either call off their legal action against the local council or sell the League One club.

An open letter from the leader of Coventry City Council George Duggins urged Sisu to end the "divisive" dispute over the Ricoh Arena's sale.

Sisu has promised it will drop legal action against the council if it has support to build a home in the city.

But Coventry City Council said Sisu's stance was "corrosive".

In a letter also signed by Conservative leader Gary Ridley, Duggins said there was cross-party support in the council, adding "the never-ending and drawn out litigation must be dropped".

It continued: "As well as being divisive, the time and cost to taxpayers in this city in defending litigation that has consistently been found in our favour over a number of years, is both disruptive and distracting.

"The costs, opportunity cost and corrosive impact on partnership working is the reason why we are so adamant this process needs to end, a view we know is shared by Wasps. It is in Sisu's hands alone to make this happen.

"We want to see the football club playing in the city, preferably at the Ricoh Arena. However, if the club's owners do not want or cannot pursue that option, we want to reiterate that we are willing to work with the owners of the football club to secure a future within the city."

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