Coventry City owner breaks silence

Coventry City owner, Joy Seppala has finally spoken out about the recent troubles the club have faced over the last 12 years.

Seppala has received the blame from Sky Blues fans since her company, Sisu took over the club.

During her reign, the club have received two 10-point deductions, two relegations, going into administration and moving the club out of the city twice to play home games.

The director of Sisu has had death treats thrown at her, her house being broken into and many protests outside her office and the Ricoh Arena.

She revealed her reaction to the abuse, “Our home was broken into. I wasn’t worried about me, more my family. My children at the time were very young.

“I knew the anger from the supporters.

“We got a call from security saying someone is in your home. I went upstairs to check on the children. I had to think very carefully about how they got to school. That was the most difficult part of it.

“I can tell you of hundreds and hundreds of abuse emails and letters calling me all sorts of names, incessant calls to the office and the various protests. It was very upsetting.”

Seppala went on to speak about how she feels about the club playing home games next season at Birmingham City’s, St Andrews, “It’s an absolute tragedy we’re playing in Birmingham, it’s not what we would ever choose,” she said.

“As I said, all we want to be is like any other football club being able to play in our own stadium but there are just circumstances beyond our control.”

Speaking to Sky Sports in an exclusive interview, the Coventry owner went on to say the situation between the club and Ricoh Arena owners, Wasps RFC, “We signed an agreement with Wasps that we would not litigate against them over the sale of the Ricoh. We agreed to terms.

“But then when they came back, they wanted us to sign something that wasn’t feasible. Not just SISU, but the football club as well, underwriting damages and costs that they might incur.

“It basically stripped the football club of its right to pursue anything. There was no chance we were going to jeopardise the football club, so it wouldn’t have the ability to exercise its own liberties.”

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