Bangor City Football Club have abandoned plans for any legal action against the decision by the Football Association of Wales not to grant them a ‘Tier 1 License’ which allows them to play in the Welsh Premier League.
After taking legal advice from barristers’ counsel and solicitors the club have conceded that there would be no guarantee of a successful legal challenge, the club will now play next season’s football in the Cymru Alliance, the 2nd Tier of Welsh football.
The decision by the FAW also means that Bangor City will be unable to play in the Europa League qualifying stages, despite finishing 2nd in the Welsh Premier League, which would normally give an automatic place in the qualifying rounds. The club’s participation in the Scottish Challenge (Irn-Bru) Cup is likely to be decided in June, this usually requires an invitation form the Scottish Football Association.
A club statement released this morning read: “Since hearing the devastating news that we had failed our tier one domestic licence and UEFA licence for season 2018-2019, we as a club have been exhausting every avenue to try get the decision overturned.
“The possibility of the high court as well as CAS were both options explored. After seeking legal advice from barristers’ counsel and solicitors, the board of directors at Bangor City FC can confirm that there was no guarantee that the case would be successful.
“With the financial pressure involved to pursue this legal matter it would leave the club in a perilous position and could have significant implications on the immediate return to the Welsh Premier League.
“A new accounts team have been appointed to ensure that this situation never arises again and that the tier one licence will be obtained next season.
“Bangor City FC will have a budget in place to enable the new management team to compete at the top of the Cymru Alliance as well as compete strongly in all cup competitions.
“We have yet to be told by the Welsh FA if we will or will not compete in the Irn Bru Cup. We are told we will be given an answer on this in early June.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances tomorrow’s proposed press conference has been postponed and will now be next Wednesday 23rd May at 14:00 at the VSM Stadium.”