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Forest Green seek compensation for Chester postponement

Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green will seek compensation after their match at home to Chester City on Tuesday was postponed.

The visitors informed Rovers less than three hours before kick off they were unable to raise a side for the game.

"We'll look at our own insurance for business interruption," Rovers director Colin Peake told BBC Gloucestershire.

"We'll seek compensation from the Football Conference because we don't think we can be held responsible for this and we've suffered a loss."

Because the postponement came so close to kick off, match day staff had already arrived at the ground and catering outlets had already started to cook food.

The club says the cost of that comes in addition to the loss of revenue at the turnstiles.

Peake is also on the Conference board and suggested the postponement could have future consequences for Chester and the teams who have played against them in the Blue Square Premier.

"I think this is the end of Chester City," Peake said.

"The Conference will be holding urgent meetings following what's happened and I think that the only outcome is that they will be expelled from the league and their record expunged."

Peake also went on to reveal that Chester are the second club in financial trouble who are costing Forest Green at the moment.

We have bills to pay like any business and it's adding to an absolute catalogue at the moment

Colin Peake

He claims that the club is still waiting for its share of gate receipts from its FA Cup third round tie at Notts County in January.

"They [Notts County] had a winding up order and the Inland Revenue (sic) seized all their assets, including our money and we're fighting tooth and nail to get that through," he added.

"We have tax bills to pay like any business and it's adding to an absolute catalogue at the moment."

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