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12 September 2012

Game will be replayed in full

Bristol Rovers’ appeal to the Football League following the abandonment of our game at Wycombe last month has been unsuccessful.

The game will now have to be replayed in full at the earliest opportunity.

Chairman Nick Higgs said: “I am really disappointed with the decision, because I feel it gives Wycombe a clear advantage, as we wipe the slate clean and start again.
“I would have restarted the game on 66 minutes, which would have been fair to both parties.
“We must use this sense of injustice to motivate ourselves in the rematch and ensure the result goes in our favour”.

Rovers were winning 3-1 when players were removed from the field due to heavy rain. The match was then called off in the 66th minute by Wycombe’s health and safety officer who said that lightening had hit the away stand.

A Football League spokesman said: “Having considered the relevant submissions from all parties, The Football League is satisfied that, in very difficult circumstances, the match referee took the appropriate action by initially suspending and then abandoning the match following advice from the Safety Officer.

“The League fully supports the referee in his actions and, in line with its regulations, requires that the match be replayed in full and at the earliest reasonable opportunity.”

Information about the new date of the game and further refunds will be published as soon as we receive confirmation from Wycombe.

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