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Bristol Rovers complain to Football League over Wycombe Wanderers call off
BRISTOL Rovers have lodged a complaint with the Football League following the abandonment of Saturday’s game with Wycombe Wanderers.
The Pirates confirmed today that it sent a letter to Football League bosses asking them to look in to the circumstances around the call-off.
Wanderers safety officials made the call to abandon the game on health and safety grounds after a torrential downpour during the second half.
In a statement, the Blues said the stand housing the travelling fans had been struck by lightning. The club added flooding in the area coupled with the proximity of electricity pylons to the stadium also played a part in its decision.
The Pirates were 3-1 with 66 minutes on the clock when the players were hauled off the Adams Park pitch.
Rovers chairman Nick Higgs said after the match the decision to abandon the game over fears players and fans could be struck by lightning “didn’t sit comfortably with him”.
He told the club's website today: "We were all very disappointed not to record our first win of the season at Wycombe on Saturday.
"It was very upsetting to have the game abandoned, especially after we had put in such a strong performance.
"Although we have questions regarding the decision, I think the important thing now is to move on and use the situation to spur us on.
"As a club we have sent a letter of complaint regarding the situation to the Football League, and we await a response."
Neither Rovers or the Football League would specify the nature or details of the grievance.
Wanderers said today: "The club is aware that a complaint has been made by Bristol Rovers to the Football League. We are reviewing the content and will respond accordingly.
"We are confident the right decision was taken to abandon the game, with everyone’s safety within Adams Park, as always, the highest priority."
A date has not yet been set for the re-arranged fixture - but this may now hinge on the outcome of the Football League's probe.