Witches fight to go on 'through winter'

CHRIS Louis, the Ipswich Evening Star Witches rider/manager, today confirmed that his club will fight 'right through the winter' to gain justice in the Joel Parsons case.

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CHRIS Louis, the Ipswich Evening Star Witches rider/manager, today confirmed that his club will fight 'right through the winter' to gain justice in the Joel Parsons case.

The club's lawyer Horry Money revealed yesterday that he is prepared to take the case to the High Court. And Louis backed this today.

“There is a very strong feeling of injustice,” he said. “It might be late to get our rightful dues on the track, but it is a matter of principle and worth fighting right through the winter if necessary.


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“We are backing our lawyer in his judgement and will take his advice.

“This could and should have been cleared up weeks ago, and it has proved very disappointing and very frustrating.

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“The Speedway Control Bureau has amended other results for similar reasons since our fixture with Swindon in April when clearly Joel Parsons' average was too high for him to be used as a guest.

“Whatever is said about why he was allowed to ride, the plain facts of the matter are that by the rules of the Elite League he was not eligible to ride. Full stop.”

Louis has no desire to damage the reputation of speedway by dragging it through the courts but he feels strongly that good can come from taking the case further after the ACU said that Ipswich had no case.

“It is the way we are not being governed that has to be looked at,” added Louis. “Not necessarily in personnel but in the way the governing works.

“This is costing a great deal of unnecessary money but, if we can tighten things up and ensure a repeat does not occur, our fight will have been well worth it.

“There have been inconsistencies in the way cases like ours have been dealt with and we feel as though we have been led down the garden path.

“We are not prepared to let it drop now.”

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