FC Emmen v Argyle - Statement

ARGYLE are in talks with FC Emmen after their pre-season friendly against the Dutch side was unexpectedly called off by the town's officials.

Emmen Mayor Eric van Oosterhout decreed on Wednesday that the game, long scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, could no longer take place as arranged.

Mayor Van Oosterhout told FC Emmen, after consultation with local authorities, that local police would have their hands full that day with a butterfly market and cycling race in the town.

The Pilgrims had been scheduled to play the Dutch second division side at their JenS Vesting Stadium as one of two games during a week-long stay at a training-camp in Delden.

Several supporters are accompanying the Pilgrims on an official club trip, and many more have booked a visit to the Netherlands to watch the matches.

A club spokesman said: "While we understand the mayor's decision, we are disappointed to have to revise the detail of our visit to Holland at this late stage.

"We are working with officials at FC Emmen, who share our disappointment, to see if an alternative venue or date can be accommodated.

"We will keep supporters appraised of the situation as it develops."