Wasps Try To Bill City For Ricoh Arena Pitch Damage

Last updated : 07 March 2017 By CNS Sport

According to the Coventry Observer's Les Reid, Wasps have tried to charge Coventry City for the pitch invasion following City getting to Wembley in the EFL Trophy after beating Wycombe Wanderers in the emi-Final.

Mr Reid said in that article that he understands that Ricoh Arena managing director Andy Gibb contacted the football club after the Sky Blues’ Checkatrade Trophy semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers on February 7 and also said: "We can confirm that Mr Gibb’s demand that Coventry City meet half the costs of thousands of Euros per month for pitch repairs was NOT made on the basis of Sky Blues’ matches, but solely on the basis of his claim that an already worn pitch had been “completely wrecked” by the friendly pitch invasion."

A number of manager's have slammed the state of the pitch which has been clearly showing signs that it is struggling to host, football, rugby union and rugby league and Wasps' safety officer was considering having supporters barred from the stadium for the home game against Gillingham in order to try and prevent any pitch invasions.

Mr Reid quotes a source as saying: “Blaming the state of the pitch is ridiculous. The pitch has been deteriorating all season. Everybody knows a pitch invasion by a few hundred people does not wreck a pitch.

“It would appear to be one example of how Wasps are financially distressing the football club.”

Full story - https://coventryobserver.co.uk/news/revealed-wasps-ricoh-arena-charges-coventry-city-for-pitch-repairs-due-to-fans-wembley-celebration/