I will bulldoze St Boniface Arena over Plymouth Devils rumours
PLYMOUTH Devils' boss Mike Bowden has threatened to bulldoze the St Boniface Arena over rumours his speedway licence has been revoked.
Supporters' forums allege that Bowden's licence was revoked either during or following a meeting of the British Speedway Promoters' Association on Tuesday.
Association members were meeting to discuss their plans for their annual meeting, scheduled for next month.
Chairman Alex Harkness has made it clear that the pre annual meeting did not have the authority to revoke anybody's licence.
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That could not happen until the annual meeting next month.
Bowden was furious over the claims, which were repeated on at least one forum.
The Devils are in the middle of negotiations by a four-man consortium to buy the city speedway club, who are based at the St Boniface Arena, Marsh Mills.
Bowden, however, is adamant he is still in charge until any deal is completed – if it is.
He told Herald Sport he believed some of the forum comments were defamatory.
Bowden said: "Allegations that my licence has been revoked are totally untrue, whatever people on these forums think.
"There have been allegations made against me and my family which are spiteful and, I believe, libellous.
"These comments are damaging my business by suggesting my licence has been revoked."
He added: "I have decided to take legal advice over the comments made on these forums and possibly take further action.
"It's maybe six or seven people making these remarks, but it's noticeable that none of them have the guts to come and face me. I'm in the track office every day.
"I have to say that if these sort of people continue to offend me and make remarks which are untrue, I will bulldoze the circuit and see how they like that. I am serious – I am sick of all these comments being made."
Consortium members are trying to negotiate a new lease with the governors of St Boniface College, who are responsible for the ground the circuit stands on. They need to get the deal completed before the annual meeting, when teams have to declare if they are running in 2013.
Bowden has been at the arena for coming up to seven years, having reintroduced speedway to Plymouth after the original Devils closed down more than four decades ago.
The club are currently in the Premier League – UK speedway's second tier – but finished last this season.