Plans for a new stadium at Carlisle United may not go ahead, if the city council does not support a development of new shops planned alongside it.
The club says it has been told by council officers that their report will conclude the city does not need all the extra shops planned at Kingmoor.
However, proposals for the 12,000 all-seater stadium require funding from a development partner, who would profit from the retail space as well as the stadium.
The club said this would have a "detrimental effect" on plans for the new stadium.
"If this report is adopted into the local development framework/plan then it will mean a complete rethink of current plans.
"This is really disappointing, after what amounts to over two years of work and costs, and Carlisle United Football Club will now need to regroup and meet with the developers before making a further statement."
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