Published: 16/01/2011 14:04 - Updated: 16/01/2011 14:06

Luton may plan appeal over York split gate decision

Kenilworth Road under a blanket of snow
Kenilworth Road after the game was abandoned

Luton Town FC are being forced by the Football Conference to split gates receipts with York City FC in Tuesday's rearranged Blue Square Bet Premier fixture.

The league body also ruled that season tickets would not be valid and that supporters would have to pay a fee, though Luton have said they plan to honour contracts with their fans.

The Hatters say they are still working for an amicable solution so that no party suffers financially, but that they are prepared to appeal the decision if necessary.

A statement on Luton's official website read: 'On Friday Luton Town Football Club were informed by the Football Conference as to the financial terms of the replayed game versus York City Football Club on Tuesday 18th January 2011.

'Since we have been informed we have been in communication with both York City and the Football Conference to seek an amicable solution. However, we have been informed that the game should now be played on a cup tie basis with gate receipts split equally between the two clubs after match expenses.

'In a further blow, contrary to what has been previously advertised by Luton Town, the Football Conference have also ruled that season ticket holder tickets are not valid for the re-arranged game and as such we have been asked to charge Season Ticket Holders the same half price concessionary rate for their ticket.

'Referee Andy Hendley abandoned the original game after 56 minutes on 18th December as the snowy conditions worsened during the game putting the safety of the players at risk.

'Luton Town also wishes to make it clear that it attempted to minimise York City's financial exposure by ordering a preliminary pitch inspection prior to them travelling south the morning before the game.

'No party disputes that the referee's decision to play the game was correct as the pitch was playable throughout. Luton Town was also praised for its actions in the way the abandonment was managed.

'Under Football Conference rules clubs are not obliged to make a gesture on ticket pricing for the re-arrangement of games if abandoned after half-time. However, as a gesture of goodwill to the supporters of both clubs, we offered half-price admittance to all supporters who attended the original fixture in order to cover our costs incurred for the re-arranged match and abandonment.

'However, York City contacted the Conference Board who felt that they had been financially disadvantaged by the game being abandoned. As it was not possible to agree a mutually acceptable agreement between both clubs, the decision was referred to the Football Conference as per their rule book, which states that any decision is made at the board's discretion.

'Their decision was relayed to us this week with a caveat that should we agree an alternative arrangement that was mutually agreeable to both clubs, the Football Conference would accept that agreement.

'Subsequently Luton Town made an offer to York City to cover all travelling expenses, thus ensuring that York City were not financially disadvantaged. This offer was rejected by York City.

'Luton Town will stand by its obligation to honour the contract it has with its season ticket holders which states that their season ticket provides access to 23 valid home league matches this season. Therefore, all season ticket holders will have access to their usual seat at no additional charge to their pre-agreed and contracted season ticket price.

'Luton Town wishes to resolve this situation quickly and amicably and have therefore made a further proposal to both York City and the Football Conference, which ensures that no party involved is either advantaged or disadvantaged in any way.

'Luton Town wishes to re-assure all supporters that, should it be necessary, we are preparing an appeal to the Football Association over this decision.'

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