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Prime Minister warns supermarket not to pull out of Rovers development

The Prime Minister has warned supermarket firm Sainsbury's not to pull out of the Memorial Ground redevelopment. Money raised by Bristol Rovers from the sale would pay for a new ground nearby.

But comments by the incoming chief executive of the chain suggest it'll concentrate on opening smaller, city-centre type shops. Our political reporter Robert Murphy has the story.

Ten arrests after early morning raid for Rovers disorder

The disorder took place the Memorial Stadium Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Police have made a number of arrests during a dawn raid after trouble at Bristol Rovers' end of season game against Mansfield Town.

Properties in Bristol and South Gloucestershire were targeted and ten arrests were made.

Two others have agreed to attend police stations voluntarily this morning.

Those detained by police have been arrested for violent disorder, ABH, affray, common assault and public order offences.

The game which was the club's last at the Memorial Stadium was overshadowed by a pitch invasion. There was also trouble before the game where a police horse was punched.


Six more men sought after violence at football match

Police have released these images of people they want to speak to following anti-social behaviour during a Rovers match Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police have released six more images of people they want to speak to in connection with violence during a Bristol Rovers v Mansfield game.

The end of season game at the beginning of May resulted in Bristol Rovers being relegated for the first time in the club's history.

Police are now looking for a total of 18 people.

FA investigation ongoing after Bristol Rovers appeal

Bristol Rovers say that an FA investigation is ongoing after the club appealed because of an alleged breach of league rules by Wycombe Wanderers.

Rovers were relegated on the last day of the season after failing to beat the Buckinghamshire club at the Memorial Stadium.

They believe the club breached FA rules on Third Party Ownership of at least one of their players.

Bristol Rovers have today received a letter from the FA confirming that their Governance department is undertaking an investigation into whether or not Wycombe Wanderers breached the rules surrounding third party ownership.

This investigation is currently ongoing and any decision on whether disciplinary action will be taken, will be given in due course.

No time frame has been given as to when a decision will be reached.

– Bristol Rovers Football Club

Football League investigating Rovers relegation claims

Rovers played Wycombe at the Memorial Stadium on the last day of the season Credit: ITV News West Country

The Football League has confirmed it's investigating claims by Bristol Rovers that they shouldn't have been relegated. Rovers finished level on points with Wycombe Wanderers but below them on goal difference but say their opponents breached FA rules on player ownership.

Wycombe have yet to respond.


Bristol Rovers launch appeal to Football League

Bristol Rovers are appealing to The Football League because of an alleged breach of league rules by Wycombe Wanderers.

Rovers were relegated on the last day of the season after failing to beat the Buckinghamshire club at the Memorial Stadium.

They say that it's come to their attention that Wycombe Wanderers FC appear to have breached FA rules on Third Party Ownership of at least one of their players.

The club issued the following statement on their website.

Its current Chairman, in giving evidence at a recent FA Disciplinary Hearing, appears to have admitted a serious breach in respect of the player, Matt Phillips (and possibly other players).

The result of this led to Wycombe wrongfully obtaining a competitive advantage over Bristol Rovers.

Without this, Wycombe rather than Bristol Rovers could have been relegated.

Bristol Rovers were relegated merely on goal difference, and as the breach, if proven, would have almost certainly led to a points deduction.

– Bristol Rovers club statement

Application to list Memorial Stadium rejected

An application to list the entire Memorial Stadium as a war memorial has been rejected. The gates to the stadium are already grade II listed. The move would have prevented a supermarket development on the site but English Heritage says the stands are not of sufficient interest.

English Heritage says the stands are not of sufficient interest Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers' new stadium plans face further delays

The gates to the Memorial Stadium are already listed by English Heritage Credit: Jamie Carstairs

Bristol Rovers' plans to build a new stadium have been hit by another delay.

The club have agreed a deal to sell their current home, the Memorial Stadium, to Sainsbury's to fund a new arena in Frenchay.

But they now have to wait while English Heritage consider an application to have the whole Memorial Stadium site listed as a war memorial.

The bid has been made by Jamie Carstairs, a photographer who works at Bristol University. He doesn't think it is right that a Sainsbury's is build "on a war memorial" created in the wake of the First World War.

Bristol Rovers sacks John Ward

John Ward was sacked after the club were relegated Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers have sacked director of football John Ward.

It follows the club's relegation from the Football League.

Ward was appointed manager in December 2012 when Rovers were languishing at the bottom of League Two, and helped them to a mid-table finish.

It was his second spell as manager of Bristol Rovers. He was previously in charge between 1993 and 1996.

But with the team struggling at the bottom of League Two this season, Ward was moved to director of football in March, with his assistant Darrell Clarke taking over as manager.

But Clarke was unable to stop Rovers dropping to non-league.

Their fate was confirmed last Saturday, on the final day of the season, following their 1-0 defeat by Mansfield.

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