SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Unhappy Tigers in limbo over Joe Haines

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SHEFFIELD appear to be on a collision course with the sport’s governing body as they face being without star reserve Joe Haines at Scunthorpe on Friday.

British Under-21 Champion Haines has been told that he must be at Coventry on Friday to take a place as second reserve for round three of the World Under-21 Championship series, the same night Sheffield face Scunthorpe.

That is despite Haines opting out of the series earlier in the year, making it clear to the FIM - the sport’s ruling body - that he did not wish to take part in qualification for any of the seven rounds.

The fact that he has now been told he must go to Coventry – where he may not even get to ride - has infuriated Tigers owner Neil Machin.

“Joe was phoned by Team GB Under-21 manager Neil Vatcher and told that he must go to Coventry, despite the fact that I had not been informed by anyone at all that that was the case.” said Machin.

“The protocol is to ring the rider’s club first but that has been ignored and I found out through a third party.

Machin continued: “It’s not Joe’s fault at all, it’s the people that run the sport that have made a mockery of it again. The BSPA has stayed silent throughout and I’m expected to send a team to Scunthorpe without a man that has top-scored for me over the last three meetings.

“I’ve told Joe to be at Scunthorpe but I have no idea what is going to happen. We will not let this lie.”