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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 March, 2005, 15:34 GMT
Club 'could lose safety licence'
Wigan's JJB Stadium
Wigan fans may not be able to watch home games
Police are preparing to withdraw Wigan Athletic's safety licence forcing the club to play games behind closed doors.

The Championship leaders disagree with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) over how much money they should pay for policing fixtures at the JJB Stadium.

They have refused to settle outstanding bills totalling about 250,000.

An application to remove the club's safety certificate will be made on Monday. Club chairman Dave Whelan says the matter should be settled in court.

In a statement, Supt Peter Mason, of GMP, said after taking legal advice over the matter, the force had been advised to stop providing a police service at the clubs matches while debt recovery proceedings were underway.

He added that it was "unfair" that tax payers should have to pay for the policing costs.


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