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Cancellation of 6th February Fixture


FC United have spoken to Bury FC about the events leading up the game being called off on Wednesday 6th February.

FC United now accept that an email was sent on January 22nd and therefore retract the accusation, made in all honesty at the time that such a claim was “categorically untrue”.

The reason for the error was that subsequent to receipt of the e-mail, assurances were received that the pitch would be available for our match against Woodley Sports; weather and pitch condition permitting. Given the relevance of the date of the fixture and concern about Bury’s game on the 5th of February, FC United sought yet further clarification. Assurances were repeated that both the pitch and the ground itself could be prepared in time.

In accepting that Bury FC did contact FC United by email on January 22nd and if, as is being claimed, this email represents communication of the decision to cancel our game FC United would like answers to the following questions:

Why were subsequent assurances given?
Why was there no indication of this ‘postponement’ given to FC United officials by our Bury counterparts at our Gigg Lane fixture on 26 January?
Why were Bury stewards only informed of the postponement during Bury’s fixture on February 5th?
Why was the pitch inspection allowed to go ahead?
Why was the 22nd January ‘decision’ not mentioned to FC United representatives at said inspection?
Why is there no reference to the 22nd January ‘decision’ in the letter from Bury FC dated February 6th, in which the match is formally ‘called off’ by Bury FC?

On the morning of the 6th February the referee passed the pitch fit to play and Bury’s own staff were as surprised as we were when the game was called off.

It is now in the interests of both clubs that this matter is resolved quickly and a meeting between FC United and Bury FC is scheduled for early next week.

Members are directed to the members area for further information relating to the club

10-02-2008 at 20:14




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