KASSAM FAIL IN COMMUNITY ASSET APPEAL

The Kassam Stadium will be listed as a community asset after the venue's owner's appeal was turned down.

The home of Oxford United was awarded the status in May but owners Firoka had requested Oxford City Council reviewed the decision.

Being listed as a community asset means if the Kassam Stadium is to be sold, supporters' trust OxVox, the group responsible for the application, will be given six months to put together their own bid.

Mark Sennett from OxVox told BBC Sport: "We're delighted with the decision. Our ultimate aim is for Oxford United and the stadium to be at one so we can benefit from the financial income of the stadium.

"We hope it's part of a wider conversation but it means football fans are not going to wake up to find their ground has been sold from under their feet without being given the right to buy it."

Posted on 10/10/2013