Cardiff refuse Bristol permission to beam back

Last updated : 07 May 2003 By Michael Morris
Bristol have reported that the Bluebirds have refused the request from Bristol to screen the game. (You may remember this morning that Cardiff said that Bristol tried to arrange the beam back without Cardiff's knowledge).

Robin's Chairman Steve Lansdon told the Bristol City official website

"We are bitterly disappointed at Cardiff City's decision not to facilitate the screening, particularly as the Football League had actively encouraged all clubs participating in the play-offs to co-operate with beamback screenings.

"We are continuing to liaise with the Football League, who are acting on our behalf to resolve this issue. These negotiations will be held in private to give them the best chance of success.

"In the meantime, Bristol City will not enter into public argument over this matter, but will concentrate on footballing issues in the hope that the two games against Cardiff are played in the best possible spirit."

Bristol City go on to say that ticket sales for the beam back have been suspended and if it does not go ahead those fans who have paid out for tickets will be fully refunded. They are reporting that over 1200 tickets from the 1700 available for Saturdays game at Ninian Park have been sold. They are fairly confident they will sell their allocation.