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Thursday, 22 August, 2002, 11:59 GMT 12:59 UK
Crozier 'appalled' by Dons move
Selhurst Park is practically deserted as Wimbledon take on Gillingham
The horizon looks dark for Wimbledon
Football Association chief executive Adam Crozier has described Wimbledon's intention to move to Milton Keynes as "appalling".

Wimbledon pulled in a meagre crowd of just 2,476 on the first day of the Nationwide League season against Gillingham.

In contrast 4,500 fans turned out to watch AFC Wimbledon, formed by disenchanted Dons fans, play Chipstead on Wednesday in the Combined Counties League at Kingstonian`s Kingsmeadow ground.

"We need to make this clear," Crozier told the FA website.

"The FA hasn't given its seal of approval to this decision at all - quite the opposite.

"The FA is very much against it and personally I feel it's an appalling decision to allow the club to move to Milton Keynes.

"People need to understand the background to how this has come about.

"There was a dispute between Wimbledon and the Football League.

"And they entered into a legal arbitration process in which both parties agreed to be bound by the decision of the arbitrators, whatever that decision turned out to be.

"In the event, that independent commission found that Wimbledon should be allowed to move.

"So, although we wholeheartedly disagree with the decision, we find ourselves in difficult, not to mention highly frustrating, circumstances.

"Clearly we are looking into it because we don't believe it's a good thing for the game."

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