Rovers claim investigation launched against Blues

Rovers claim investigation launched against Blues

Rovers claim investigation launched against Blues

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BRISTOL Rovers have claimed the Football League and FA have launched an investigation after alleging Wanderers breached third party rules.

The Gas claim Wanderers' intentions to prioritise payments received from future transfer dealings involving former player Matt Phillips to ex owner Steve Hayes constitute third party involvement.

Wycombe have denied the allegations and have said they will co-operate with any investigation from the authorities.

Rovers have said Wanderers should have been docked points after the allegations came to light, which would have led to them surviving in the Football League at Wycombe's expense.

They said in a statement: "Bristol Rovers FC has received responses from both the Football League and the FA to its allegations concerning the competitive advantage Wycombe Wanderers obtained from breaching Third Party Investment Regulations.

"Both the FA and the Football League have indicated they take the allegations seriously and shall be investigating them without further delay. Wycombe Wanderers FC have failed to respond.

"The allegations relate to payments made and agreements in existence during the last season in which Bristol Rovers was relegated on goal difference.

"The Club reserves all it rights following the investigations under way by the FA and the Football League."

Football League spokesman Peter Hannon said: "In light of recent allegations relating to third party investment in players, The Football League has asked Wycombe Wanderers to provide us with information relating to the matter so that it can be considered within the context of our regulations."

Meanwhile the manager of Torquay United - who Wanderers beat on the final day of last season to ensure their survival - described Rovers' attempts at staying up by taking legal action as "futile and pointless".

Chris Hargreaves told the Torquay Herald Express: "No organisation in the world is going to change the relegation placings now. I think it's absolutely futile and pointless."

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12:19pm Fri 30 May 14

LimassolBlue says...

Paying of your debts to previous owners, like winning the lottery but paying off your mortgage first and then get in trouble. What is football coming to. Wycombe are a fine example of a club and have not misled or deceived anyone in the past or now. Naivety maybe. Now the FA have to be seen to investigate and everyone says do not worry, but unfortunately we do, a lot of us as the FA are and have been in the past a bunch of incompetent fools. When the club was merged in to the trust all of this was disclosed and it went through. They cannot go back on the fine they issued and increase it. If someone goes on Murder and is found not guilty then they can never be charged with that same murder again. As i believe there is nothing in this , I think Wycombe after they win this should then Sue Bristol Rovers for slander. Think how many players are being put off or are mulling the chance to join us but are humans and are put off, hence this affects our business. This should be done as it will make a clear example to all clubs that you cant just come out and accuse other clubs without a real footing. This case has nothing in it , the FA should have ignored it as they are now opening an investigation looking like they are going back against their own rulings. long live the blues. The better team all round on and off the pitch stayed up. Bristol Rovers are thugs who need a reality check. running on to the pitch for example. Why does it seem they are not getting done for this and in my eyes is a far more serious incident. We got Blatter, Platini and the FA, we aint got a chance to enjoy football anymore!
Paying of your debts to previous owners, like winning the lottery but paying off your mortgage first and then get in trouble. What is football coming to. Wycombe are a fine example of a club and have not misled or deceived anyone in the past or now. Naivety maybe. Now the FA have to be seen to investigate and everyone says do not worry, but unfortunately we do, a lot of us as the FA are and have been in the past a bunch of incompetent fools. When the club was merged in to the trust all of this was disclosed and it went through. They cannot go back on the fine they issued and increase it. If someone goes on Murder and is found not guilty then they can never be charged with that same murder again. As i believe there is nothing in this , I think Wycombe after they win this should then Sue Bristol Rovers for slander. Think how many players are being put off or are mulling the chance to join us but are humans and are put off, hence this affects our business. This should be done as it will make a clear example to all clubs that you cant just come out and accuse other clubs without a real footing. This case has nothing in it , the FA should have ignored it as they are now opening an investigation looking like they are going back against their own rulings. long live the blues. The better team all round on and off the pitch stayed up. Bristol Rovers are thugs who need a reality check. running on to the pitch for example. Why does it seem they are not getting done for this and in my eyes is a far more serious incident. We got Blatter, Platini and the FA, we aint got a chance to enjoy football anymore! LimassolBlue
  • Score: 18

1:45pm Fri 30 May 14

Jock's little helper says...

Pirates by name, pirates by nature!
Pirates by name, pirates by nature! Jock's little helper
  • Score: 11

2:53pm Fri 30 May 14

Jock's little helper says...

LimassolBlue - I agree entirely that the offences caused by the Rovers fans seem far more serious than our alleged crime.

I was in the office with my 12 year daughter when the Bristol thugs came charging in being threatening and abusive to the women staff following the ‘lightning’ postponement, this changed my daughters opinion on football fans for the worst. Seeing the damage to the away stand further put me against this club – talk about an overreaction to an abandonment on the grounds of safety. Add to that the criminal offence of invading the pitch at Adams Park this season (I would excuse that for high emotion) and then the disgusting scenes from Bristol following their demotion on the last day ….. and now this. What little respect I had for them has now totally evaporated.

They are a vindictive club who need to get their own house in order before accusing others.
LimassolBlue - I agree entirely that the offences caused by the Rovers fans seem far more serious than our alleged crime. I was in the office with my 12 year daughter when the Bristol thugs came charging in being threatening and abusive to the women staff following the ‘lightning’ postponement, this changed my daughters opinion on football fans for the worst. Seeing the damage to the away stand further put me against this club – talk about an overreaction to an abandonment on the grounds of safety. Add to that the criminal offence of invading the pitch at Adams Park this season (I would excuse that for high emotion) and then the disgusting scenes from Bristol following their demotion on the last day ….. and now this. What little respect I had for them has now totally evaporated. They are a vindictive club who need to get their own house in order before accusing others. Jock's little helper
  • Score: 14

3:33pm Fri 30 May 14

evenflo says...

Bristol Rovers are in serious trouble and this is a desperate attempt to distract attention from their own boards mismanagement . The F.A have to follow procedure and investigate these claims but i expect very soon they will be dismissed.
I hope that WWFC dont let them get away with this and their fans thugish behaviour at Adams park
Bristol Rovers are in serious trouble and this is a desperate attempt to distract attention from their own boards mismanagement . The F.A have to follow procedure and investigate these claims but i expect very soon they will be dismissed. I hope that WWFC dont let them get away with this and their fans thugish behaviour at Adams park evenflo
  • Score: 13

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