The Officers Committee of the Football Association of Wales (FAW) have suspended Bangor City from all association football activity with immediate effect and up to seven days after the judgement of a pending Arbitration hearing.

The FAW have also confirmed the date for the arbitration hearing of Bangor City versus the FAW has been set as Friday, 16 August 2019.

This means that City’s first game of the new Cymru North season, at home to Colwyn Bay on the 17th August, could now postponed.

The Nathaniel MG (League) Cup First Round match between Conwy Borough and Bangor City, due to be played on Saturday 3 August, was also postponed until further notice pending the outcome of the arbitration hearing.

Bangor City have lodged the appeal in relation to the decisions of an FAW Appeals Panel, that sat on 24 June 2019.

The club were charged with a number of alleged breaches of FAW rules during the 2019/20 season which included failing to adhere to the correct registration procedures of players, fielding ineligible players in a number of games and failing to comply with their financial obligations towards six of their players.

Bangor were initially given a 42 point deduction but this was halved on appeal, to 21 points, which meant the club narrowly avoided relegation by goal difference and Holywell Town were duly relegated to the Welsh Alliance.

City have subsequently been charged by the FAW with another offence of playing an ineligible player in a game against Prestatyn in March of last season. This could see a further points deduction and the club relegated to the third tier of Welsh football if the charge is proved.

The club have also been placed under a transfer embargo until 31st December 2019. Despite this City have signed a number of players for the new season, which are pending approval from the FAW.

Bangor City were demoted from the Welsh Premier League at the end of the 2017-18 season after being refused a domestic licence for financial reasons and have been beset by off-field problems.

In January 2019 Bangor’s Nantporth Stadium was closed for two months after the electric and water supply was turned off due to unpaid bills totalling £24,000. The club also announced debts of £80,000 in unpaid bills which included unpaid players’ wages and a settlement for a former groundsman who has left the club.

At the meeting held in Cardiff today (Monday, 5 August), the FAW Committee also suspended the activity of Holywell Town, who could be reinstated into the Cymru North in the event of Bangor City being relegated.
A statement from Bangor City read: “Bangor City Football Club can confirm that the Football Association of Wales has implemented Rule 35 against the club.

“This means that, as of August 5, 2019 –– confirmed by FAW’s Head of Competitions Andrew Howard –– it has been suspended from all association football activity with immediate effect and for up to a maximum of seven calendar days after the judgement of the Arbitration hearing.

Rule 35 states: “The Directors shall have power to suspend the playing of Association Football at all or any club or ground within its jurisdiction at such times and for such duration as the Directors shall see fit. Notwithstanding any provision contained in Rule 138.1, the Directors shall have the power to extend or diminish the period of the Playing Season in any year or at any time, when such a course shall seem to it to be necessary or desirable.

“All contracts or agreements between clubs, Players or any other party or between any or all of them shall be modified (if necessary) to take account of the effect of any decision of the Directors which may be made from time to time under the provisions of this Rule.”

“The Arbitration hearing is scheduled for August 16 and, in the meantime, the club will continue to prepare for the new season, awaiting the decision of the hearing.”