A new disciplinary charge from the Football Association of Wales (FAW) against Bangor City, for fielding an allegedly ineligible player, could see the club face another points deduction and relegation if the charge is proved.
The club were found guilty of breaching FAW rules at a disciplinary hearing in May, which related to the 2018/19 season. The charges 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 given an initial 42-point deduction, but after appealing against the decision and presenting new evidence this was halved to 21-points, sparing the club relegation on goal difference.
The club announced this week that it now intends to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport “to clear the name of the club”. The Citizens were also fined £700 over the previous charges that included fielding ineligible players.
In summary, the decisions of the FAW Appeals Panel were as follows:
- In relation to the charges concerning ‘Player A’, it was found proven that Bangor City had entered into an Employment Contract with ‘Player A’ as and from 1 January 2019 and not from November 2018 as previously alleged. As a result, ‘Player A’ participated in 7 (seven) matches during this period. The Appeals Panel therefore decided that Bangor City FC be deducted 21 points from their Huws Gray Alliance League record for the 2018/19 season.
- The charges in relation to ‘Player B’ were found not proven by the Appeals Panel and as a result the 9 (nine) point deduction given to Bangor City by the Disciplinary Panel was removed.
The FAW confirmed today that Bangor now face an additional disciplinary charge that ‘Player A’ allegedly played in the Huws Gray Alliance League match between Prestatyn Town and Bangor City on 22 March 2019 whilst ineligible. A further points deduction would see Bangor relegated into the third tier of Welsh football, the Welsh Alliance.
Bangor 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 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.
A transfer embargo was also placed on Bangor City by the FAW preventing them from registering any Professional Players up to and including 31 December 2019. The club haven’t applead against this decision.
In May, Bangor City FC Supporters Association (BCFCSA) voted in favour of forming a new club, after concerns about by the way Bangor City was being run. The new club – Bangor 1876 – has been granted permission by the FAW to play in the fifth-tier Gwynedd League next season.