Mansfield Town facing stadium rent dispute

Blue Square Bet Premier side Mansfield Town are still in a rent dispute over their home ground despite attempts to sign a new lease, a club spokesman has said.

The Stags were locked out of Field Mill for 18 days in late 2010 by landlord and former club chairman Keith Haslam.

Stags chairman John Radford said the club had agreed a new lease, but Mr Haslam had refused to sign it.

Mr Haslam has confirmed he has started legal action to repossess the ground.

The Stags are in talks with the Football Conference over the problems with the lease, the club said.

The club said it had agreed to deposit rent money into an account controlled by Mr Haslam's solicitors.

The disagreement now centres on Mr Radford's separate legal action over dividend payments made to Mr Haslam's company Stags Ltd during his time as majority shareholder at the club.

Mr Haslam has insisted on inserting a clause in the lease stopping Mr Radford from taking legal action concerning the dividend payments, the Stags said.

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