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CHAMPS TO QUIT LEAGUE?

Champions Nuneaton Griff are considering quitting the Coventry Alliance.

They are thinking over a switch to the Endsleigh Combination in the wake of their Coventry Charity Cup bust-up with fellow Alliance members Stockingford.

The abandoned game has now been ordered to be replayed and Griff feel that there has been ``a whitewash'' which has ensured that no Alliance club has been found to blame for the incident.

And they are angry that the affair could lead to disillusioned manager Mark Green quitting at the end of the season.

Griff are to meet Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council officials on Thursday to discuss moving their headquarters to the Pingles Sports Centre - whose floodlit facilities would be up to Endsleigh Premier Division standards.

And, on the same evening, Griff are to discuss whether to appeal against the Coventry Charity Cup committee's order that they must replay the tie.

The Charity Cup committee last night made their decision on a majority vote following ``a full and frank discussion.''

They had been advised by the Birmingham County FA that the game should be replayed as they had found Stockingford not guilty of causing the game to be abandoned - and the Charity Cup have told both clubs that they must play the game at the Cabbage on March 13.

But Griff feel that as they were leading 1-0, and the Cabbage had had two men sent-off, when the game was abandoned on 50 minutes they were odds-on to win and that the result should have been allowed to stand.

They point out the fact that they were never charged and as Cabbage's Kevin Middleton (three weeks) and Mark Lewis (11 weeks) were banned for their part in the build-up to the abandonment then Cabbage were still to blame for causing the game to be halted.

And Griff also feel there has been a whitewash to ensure that an Alliance club has not been found guilty of causing a game to be abandoned.

Griff secretary Bob Archer claims that a senior Alliance official telephoned him soon after the incident on January 9 and forecast the outcome of the various hearings.

``He was spot-on and we feel that we have been the fall guys in this. We will have to do some very deep thinking about what direction our club now takes,'' said Archer.

However, Stockingford have welcomed the Charity Cup committee's decision. Manager Jimmy Ginnelly said: ``Justice has been done.''
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Horsfall, Phil; Brown, Derek
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 23, 1999
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