Bristol City FC's hopes of moving into a new £92m stadium are in doubt after plans to build a supermarket on the site of their existing Ashton Gate ground were rejected by the local authority.
The sale of the land for a Sainsbury's superstore would have helped raise funds to fund the 30,000-capacity stadium at nearby Ashton Vale.
However, at a four-hour meeting of Bristol City Council's Development Control Committee on Wednesday, while planning officers recommended the plans, councillors rejected the application by four votes to two, with two abstentions.
Bristol City FC business development director Guy Price said: "It's a very disappointing outcome to say the least. We will be looking at the implications of this decision over the next few days and will make a fuller statement soon."