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Coventry fan to go on hunger strike if club leaves city

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A Coventry City fan has vowed to go on hunger strike if the club start playing matches outside of the city.

City chief executive Tim Fisher has said that there is "no chance" that the club will continue to play at the Ricoh Arena following a year-long rent row with Arena Coventry Limited (ACL), who manage the stadium on behalf of joint owners the Alan Edward Higgs Charity and Coventry City Council.

The League One club hopes to build a new ground in the area and have lined up a groundshare on an interim basis but that has infuriated supporters – none more so than Nigel Warren.

"Football and the Sky Blues are my life – I eat, drink and sleep it – so if they take my club away from the Ricoh I will not eat for the 24 hours of each and every home game," he told the Coventry Telegraph.

"If it's a Saturday match I’ll begin my protest at midnight on the Friday and continue through to midnight Saturday night. It may sound silly but what Sisu (the club's owners) and Tim Fisher are planning really hurts.

"The fans are really annoyed and disgusted at the way we are being treated and maybe something like this will make the club sit up and listen."

The 41-year-old, who has been a season ticket holder for 20 years, added: "I'd rather stay in bed all day and not eat.

"I love the club and will look out for the result but I won’t be going to home games if they move out of the city."

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