The owners of Coventry City’s Ricoh Arena have dropped their legal action against Northampton Town.
Arena Coventry Limited (ACL) had threatened to sue the Cobblers for the deal to let Coventry City play home games at Sixfields.
At the time, Cobblers chairman David Cardoza said the action was “without legal merit” and on Friday, ACL confirmed it was not continuing with the legal action.
A spokesman for ACL said they still believed their challenge had legal merit, but they had decided to drop it because of decisions made by the Football League over Coventry’s membership of the league and comments made by Coventry’s owner, Joy Seppala, suggesting the team would only return to the Ricoh Arena if they owned it.
The ACL spokesman said: “It has become clear that even successful legal action will not bring the club home from Northampton.
“With this position now made clear to all, ACL has decided to withdraw its legal action against Northampton Town Football Club so as to avoid any further distress to its fans and to help clarify the position for long suffering Sky Blues supporters.”
In an official response, Northampton Town Football Club said they had not been made aware ACL had withdrawn their threat of legal action but said they now expected ACL to compensate the Cobblers and apologise to the fans.
Their statement said: “NTFC has had to incur substantial legal fees as well as waste of a good deal of management time.
“If ACL really does want to withdraw its action, we expect to be fully compensated for these costs.
“We would also expect ACL to apologise to the club and its supporters.”