High Court Judge rejects Coventry City FC's demands

The owners of Coventry City Football Club have been dealt a legal blow in a High Court challenge against the council's £14.4million bail-out to the operators of the Ricoh Arena.

The club has played at Northampton Town's Sixfields stadium since May due to a dispute over its £1.3m-a-year rent.

The Ricoh Arena
The Ricoh Arena Credit: Jon Buckle/PA

The consortium which owns the club, known as Sisu, claimed the city council's bail-out to Arena Coventry Ltd was "unlawful state aid" designed to "drive them out of Coventry", and demanded that the council disclose the full loan agreement.

But at the High Court, Mr Justice Silber rejected the demands - and ordered Sisu to pay more than £7,000 towards the council's legal fees.

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