Aberdeen FC Chairman Slams Council for Stadium Rejection

August 23, 2012

Scottish Premier League (SPL) side, herbal Aberdeen Football Club have had their bid to move to a new stadium rejected by the council, much to the annoyance of Chairman Stewart Milne.

Aberdeen City Council rejected the Dons bid to build a new community sports centre at Cove, that would also act as a training facility for the side.

On top of this, the football team wanted to build a 21,000 capacity stadium close to the proposed centre.

The council’s decision has left Milne upset: “Disappointment and frustration do not come close to how my colleagues and I are feeling right now.

“As was made crystal clear, the Calder Park development has been designed as part of the master planning exercise to be completely integral with the new AFC stadium at Loirston and this decision has effectively also killed off that development.”

The Dons had planned to move to the new stadium at the start of the 2014/15 season and Milne commented further: “We also note that the Tories and Independents voted with Labour which confirms our earlier concerns about cross party whip being invoked.

“Without wishing to scaremonger in any way, the implications of this completely illogical verdict could have major implications for both AFC and indeed Cove Rangers and right now, the Board require some time to discuss both the consequences of the judgement and what our next move is likely to be.”

The council have responded to Milne’s statement, through local authority leader, Barney Crockett, Speaking to BBC Radio, Crockett said: “There’s no decision that directly pertains to Aberdeen Football Club that was made yesterday and there’s a lot of room for discussion.

“Megaphone diplomacy is not helpful.”