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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 March, 2005, 12:23 GMT
Wigan strike policing compromise
Wigan's JJB Stadium
Wigan Athletic's JJB Stadium has a 25,000 capacity
Wigan Athletic will continue to play their home games at the JJB Stadium until the end of the season.

The ground's safety certificate had been under threat after Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said it would withdraw its service on match days.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan and the GMP have been rowing over unpaid policing bills worth 300,000.

However, at a meeting with Wigan Council's Safety Advisory Group the police and Whelan agreed a compromise.

The multi-millionaire did not reveal details of the agreement but described it as "fantastic news."

Discussions are continuing as to how Wigan will fund the bill and the matter could still be settled in court.

The dispute was rooted in Whelan's belief that his club should not have to pay for policing outside the stadium.

He argues there is a discrepancy between the amount Wigan and other Championship clubs are being made to pay for policing.

Whelan claimed Wigan had to pay 44,000 to police their home match against Leeds whilst Preston were charged 7,700 for the visit of Kevin Blackwell's side.

The good news for the Championship leaders is that they will not have to play their remaining fixtures behind closed doors.




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