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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:57 am 
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Everton threatens to sue KEIOC for defamation

Apr 2 2008 by Richard Down, Liverpool Daily Post

EVERTON FC’s bid to move to Kirkby is unlikely to go before the authority’s planners until July at the earliest.

The club has also been accused of being heavy-handed after serving a group protesting against the stadium move with notice of a legal action for defamation.

The controversial application to site the new Everton stadium in Kirkby had originally been expected to seek planning permission this month but is likely to be put back until the May local elections are concluded.

It is understood the decision is thought too highly charged to be dealt with ahead of the elections when a whole new party will contest traditional Labour safe seats in Kirkby.

Long held council wards are being challenged by First For Kirkby which is putting the finishing touches to its election campaign launch. It intends to put up three candidates to contest West-field, Cherryfield and Central.

Meanwhile, Everton FC has threatened to sue campaign group Keep Everton In Our City (KEIOC).

It is focused on the assertion on KEIOC’s website that the Everton fans ballot over the stadium move last summer was unfair.

Club spokesman Ian Ross said: “The simple truth is that we’re no longer prepared to have what we believe to be defamatory statements made about the club, its employees or the manner in which we staged the fans ballot.”

Club solicitors demanded that “if offending passages (were) not removed (from the KEIOC website) by no later than close of business on Friday, March 28, our client will be forced to take action against you, including bringing any actions for defamation.”

KEIOC last night called the action wholly unnecessary and heavy-handed. The campaign group claims it is made up of life-long Evertonians who only have the best interests of the club at heart.

They have written an open letter to Keith Wyness claim-ing they are “astonished and saddened that you (Everton) feel it necessary to communicate with KEIOC via the club’s solicitors. A simple email would suffice in attract-ing our attention to your concerns and requests.

“It is totally unnecessary and, with the greatest respect to them, written without knowledge of the full facts and issues surrounding this whole sorry saga.”

In response the campaigners have reissued their challenge to Everton representatives to hold a public debate on the matter.

Campaign group spokes-man Dave Kelly said: “I’m happy for ‘The People’s Club’ versus the people to be heard in court if it comes to that. But communicating through solicitors isn’t productive and to have an adult future relationship, we want open public debate at the St George’s Hall.”

The campaigners seem undeterred and plan to emblazon their opposition on a billboard attached to the side of Goodison Park.

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http://www.liverpooldailypost.co.uk/eve ... -20705568/


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and the Echo as well - every little helps :wink:

Planning delay for Everton FC stadium in Kirkby
Apr 2 2008 Richard Down

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpoo ... -20706198/

EVERTON FC’s bid to move to Kirkby is unlikely to go before the authority’s planners until July at the earliest.
The club has also been accused of being heavy- handed after serving a group protesting against the stadium move with notice of a legal action for defamation.
The controversial application to site the new Everton stadium in Kirkby had originally been expected to seek planning permission this month but is likely to be put back consideration until the May local elections are concluded.
It is understood the decision is thought too highly charged to be dealt with ahead of the elections when a whole new party will contest traditional Labour safe seats in Kirkby.
Long held council wards are being challenged by First For Kirkby which is today putting the finishing touches to its election campaign launch. It intends to put up three candidates to contest Westfield, Cherryfield and Central.
Meanwhile, Everton FC has threatened to sue campaign group Keep Everton In Our City (KEIOC).
It is focused on the regular assertion on KEIOC’s website that the Everton fans ballot over the stadium move last summer was unfair.
Club spokesman Ian Ross said: “The simple truth is that we’re no longer prepared to have what we believe to be defamatory statements made about either the football club, its employees or the manner in which we staged the fans ballot.”
Club solicitors demanded that “if offending passages (were) not removed (from the KEIOC website) by no later than close of business on Friday, March 28, our client will be forced to take action against you, including bringing any actions for defamation.”
KEIOC last night called the action wholly unnecessary and heavy-handed. The campaign group claims it is made up of life-long Everton- ians who only have the best interests of the club at heart.
They have written an open letter to Keith Wyness claiming they are “astonished and saddened that you (Everton) feel it necessary to communi- cate with KEIOC via the club’s solicitors. A simple email would suffice in attracting our attention to your concerns and requests.
“It is totally unnecessary and, with the greatest respect to them, written without knowledge of the full facts and issues surrounding this whole sorry saga.”
In response the campaign- ers have reissued their chall- enge to Everton representatives to hold a public debate on the matter.
Campaign group spokesman Dave Kelly said: “I’m quite happy for ‘The People’s Club’ versus the people to be heard in open court if it comes to that. But communicating through solicitors isn’t productive and to have an adult future relationship, we want open public debate at the St George’s Hall.”
“I spoke on Radio City in August and Mr Wyness followed me. I think the appetite is there to follow this up.”
The campaigners seem undeterred and this week plan to emblazon their opposition on a billboard attached to the side of Goodison Park.


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Well done fatty.

The prospect of 'Real Everton' or some such, moves a step closer.


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The Liverpool Echo website uses this image:

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The article's image will probably be changed soon, it's happened a few times so far. Shame the articles didn't mention Bestway statement or the KEIOC website address.


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I've just emailed Richard Down at the Daily Post. Asking as a follow up, could he perhaps interview Malcolm Carter and Keith Wyness, in relation to the quote attributed to Mr Carter.
And does he not think that Everton did mis-lead the fans during the vote.


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Louis wrote:
The Liverpool Echo website uses this image:

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The article's image will probably be changed soon, it's happened a few times so far. Shame the articles didn't mention Bestway statement or the KEIOC website address.


That picture is really starting to get on my last nerve!


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portlad wrote:
I've just emailed Richard Down at the Daily Post. Asking as a follow up, could he perhaps interview Malcolm Carter and Keith Wyness, in relation to the quote attributed to Mr Carter.
And does he not think that Everton did mis-lead the fans during the vote.


Could anyone really blame Malcolm Carter if they gave up on the idea of a stadium for the site after the way the club have treated them? Sounds pretty fed up in the quote he gave, a further interview would be a good read and perhaps open a few more Evertonians eyes' to the way Bestway have been treated in the whole stadium move debate.


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The Post and Echo really don't want to upset the apple cart do they?
Do you think Mr Carter would be willing to be interviewed if he was approached? I'm presuming some people at KEIOC have had contact with him. Could they find out?


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well, note who wrote those articles - the Post/Echo won't send their "top reporters" like Dominic King to put the shiv in on Everton as that'd jeopardise them getting "exclusives" from the club and players, such as what happened to Dave Prentice when he dared to question the commitment of the players and later on Tim Cahill.

Whether Malcom Carter would want to have a full interview out I'm not sure, in my humble I would guess that he's pretty frustrated and fed-up over the whole thing by now and wouldn't be avrse to giving an interview that re-iterates the possibilties for the site whilst emphasising it's up to Everton to go to them and talk openly about what can be done there - given they have been more than willing to not just accomodate Everton's aims for a new stadium but open to meeting with them whenever they wished as well as paying for WSP & HOK to produce a report on the site's viability to show a stadium can be built there to more than meet Everton's needs - in return, the idea got rubbished on the club's website during the vote and the company ignored by the club (see previous articles featuring the odd soundbite from Carter expressing this point). He's probably got a lot to say on the matter that would make for very interesting if not eye-opening reading for fans, you would also have to consider that he'd probably be cautious not to give the club a huge slating that would mean they turned their backs on Bestway if the Kirkby project collapsed.


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