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Nov 19, 2012

Wimbledon fan group opt out of boycott

An AFC Wimbledon supporters' group have decided against boycotting their club's FA Cup second round match with MK Dons.

Feelings are still raw between the two clubs with AFC Wimbledon fans claiming that MK Dons stole their place in the Football League after the original Wimbledon club relocated to the Buckinghamshire town and changed its name but maintained the 'Dons' from the old nickname.

Many supporters have called for the game to be boycotted as they refuse to accept the legitimacy of the Milton Keynes club and do not want to help fund MK Dons by purchasing a ticket. AFC Wimbledon have already stated they will not accept any boardroom hospitality from the League One club for the match at Stadium mk.

Despite having strong feelings on the matter, the Wimbledon Independent Supporters Association (WISA), have decided against shunning the fixture.

A statement from WISA read: "We are naturally disappointed that AFC Wimbledon will have to play Milton Keynes, a football franchise, that stole Wimbledon's original league place, in the second round of the FA Cup.

"After careful consideration, WISA has decided not to formally request a boycott of the fixture by Wimbledon supporters.''

The fans' group welcomed the decision by their club to not accept boardroom hospitality at the fixture, however.

WISA chairman Simon Wheeler added: "This is a fixture that very few Wimbledon supporters want. This fixture is a result of AFC Wimbledon's phenomenal successes over the last ten years and must be incredibly embarrassing for those in Milton Keynes to be involved in.

"We don't see this fixture as a big grudge or rivalry match, but as one that should never have been allowed to happen.''

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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