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FC United Pick New Fight With Manchester City And Council

The ‘people’s club’ is denied new stadium as Eastlands team strikes deal with council.

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FC United of Manchester have seen plans to build a new stadium scuppered by the city council who struck a deal with Manchester City to renovate the same area.

FC United was formed by Manchester United fans in protest after the Glazer family bought the Red Devils in 2005.

The Evostick League Premier Division club had secured permission for a £3.5million, 5,000 seater stadium on the Ten Acres Lane site.

But Manchester City council has withdrawn their crucial £650,000 funding and lease approval.

Yet documents published show the council and Manchester City Football Club will work together to regenerate the area around Eastlands including the Ten Acres site.

FC United are concerned the £3million a year in rent the Premier League club pay to the council had something to with the decision.

“We have some say in how the council spends our rental income, but that has nothing to do with the decision on FC United’s proposed ground,” a Manchester City spokesman said.

“That was down to the council, who have had to make huge budget cuts across the board.”

FC United general manager Andy Walsh said: “Our fans have suspicions about the council project with City coming so soon after our rejection.

“But we have been assured that the council will help us and are examining other sites.”

The minnows have organised a members meeting to discuss the way to move forward, but the club’s directors remain determined to find a new home.

“The Board remain fully committed to delivering a new home for FC United for the start of the 2012-13 season and no amount of setbacks will distract us from that pursuit,” a statement read on the club’s website.

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