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Nottingham Forest cancels tour, match with Battery

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The Charleston Battery's planned match against Nottingham Forest has been cancelled after new ownership of the English soccer team cancelled their preseason tour of the United States.

The match was scheduled to take place on July 28.

"Obviously we are very disappointed that we will not be able to play Nottingham Forest at the end of the month," said Charleston Battery President Andrew Bell. "We have a long tradition of hosting international teams and it's a game that our fans always look forward to. I know there will be much disappointment on hearing the news and I'd like to apologize on behalf of the Battery."

The cancellation of the match is the result of several changes made at Nottingham Forest in the last week. The club was bought on Tuesday by the Al-Hasawi family, and on Thursday it was announced that manager Steve Cotterill is departing the club with immediate effect.

These changes forced the cancellation of the entire U.S. tour including games in Orlando, FL on July 21 and Charleston, SC on July 28 as Nottingham Forest must now search for a new manager and new players with just over a month left until the first match of the 2012-13 nPower Championship season.

"On behalf of the club, I would like to apologize for the inconvenience this has caused to [Orlando City and Charleston Battery]," said John Pelling, Finance Director at Nottingham Forest. "We really appreciate all of the efforts [by both clubs] to organize the trip that, regrettably, we feel unable to complete."

"With just 15 senior players on the verge of this trip, we would not have been able to do ourselves justice or benefit fully from the trip," said Pelling. "Our efforts in the coming days will be concentrated on replacing Steve Cotterill and assembling a squad."

Fans that have purchased tickets to this game can swap the full value of the ticket for Charleston Battery tickets at a later game this summer. For those unable to attend a later Battery match a full refund will be offered.

For information about ticket refunds and transfers please call (843) 971-GOAL (4625).

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