Bangor City have won an appeal against a 42-point deduction imposed on them by the Football Association of Wales (FAW). A rehearing took place today, 24 June, at which the club presented new evidence to the FAW.
At the rehearing Bangor City had their points deduction reduced to 21 points, which means Bangor will finish on 30 points, but avoid relegation on goal difference.
The points deduction related to the 2018/19 season for allegedly breaking FAW rules, which would have meant that despite finishing 4th in the Huws Gray Alliance last season, Bangor would finish bottom of the league and would be relegated to the Welsh Alliance, the 3rd Tier of Welsh Football.
A statement on the club website read: “The club, represented by Christopher O’Neal, successfully persuaded the independent appeals panel of the facts and as such the panel has issued the following sanctions
“Bangor City to be deducted 21 points from their Huws Gray Alliance campaign 2018/19 and fined £700.
“Bangor City to receive appeal costs of £439.20 back from Football Association of Wales.
“What this means for the club is that next year we will be competing in Tier Two of the Welsh football pyramid and we are delighted has adjudicated fairly and independently.
“We are grateful to the witnesses who represented the club at the hearing and we look forward to the forthcoming season.”
The Disciplinary Panel of the FAW imposed the penalty on City in May for the alleged breach of rules, which included allegedly failing with their ‘financial obligations’ towards six of their current and/or former professional players and playing ineligible players in a number of matches.
The Panel also decided that Bangor City should have a transfer embargo placed upon them and be suspended from registering any Professional Players up to 31 December 2019. The club were unable to appeal against the FAW Panel’s decision to place a transfer embargo on them as the deadline for an appeal had lapsed.