Stags angry with Chester
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mansfield are set to report Chester to the Football League over Dave Artell.Mansfield are set to report Chester to The Football League for an alleged illegal approach for Dave Artell.
The Stags believe that Chester had illegally contacted defender Artell, and are furious at Keith Curle's side.
Field Mill chairman Keith Haslam says that he will be speaking to the League over the way Chester had tried to sign the 24-year-old.
"I'll be speaking to the League because Chester illegally approached our player and then signed him without our acceptance of their offer," said Haslam.
"I spoke to their chairman last week and informed him of what we were looking for and their response was to put in a written offer by fax - but before I'd even received it I saw Sky TV saying Dave had signed a two-year contract, which was news to me.
"Then I saw Dave pictured in a local newspaper in a Chester kit which disappointed me greatly.
"A deal has not been conducted and we've given Chester their chance to sort this out. But they haven't done that, so we retain Dave's registration as a player and now it's down to the League to act."
Chester director David Burford has moved to calm the situation by saying it is all as a result of a misunderstanding, and hoped to resolve the problem without The Football League's involvement.
"We have not signed David Artell but a fee has been agreed," said Burford.
""It appears that somewhere along the line someone has put two and two together and come to the wrong conclusion.
"I will be speaking to Keith later to resolve the matter."