Bangor City win arbitration appeal against FAW

Bangor City have retained their place in the JD Cymru North league after winning an appeal against the FAW.

The troubled Nantporth club was docked 21 points for allegedly breaching league rules last season. The club was also charged with fielding an ineligible player.

But an independent arbitration hearing in Birmingham on Friday ruled in favour of City, who will retain their second tier status.

As a result, Holywell Town have been relegated to the Welsh National League, but Llandyrnog United also keep their place in Division One of the Welsh Alliance.

Bangor’s opening game of the season at home to league newcomers Colwyn Bay – due to be played tomorrow – was postponed depending on the outcome of the hearing.

The club’s now expected to resume league and cup season next week following a three-week suspension by the FAW.

In a statement on Friday night, a club spokesperson said: ”This is the conclusion of a long, drawn-out battle with the FAW.”

”The Association furnished upon the panel in excess of 1000 documents. Despite this, we have proven the case in favour of the club and we look forward to the forthcoming season.”

”For the integrity of football in Wales, we now hope that the FAW will consider the findings and make peace with us as a member club.”

City were originally docked 42 points by the association, leaving the former Cymru Premier club to face a second straight demotion to the Welsh Alliance.

That deduction was halved on appeal – but the club was fined £700 after being found guilty on seven charges. They were also placed under a transfer embargo until the end of the year.

But following their initial appeal, the club said they intended to clear their name and appeal the revised deduction, threatening to take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

The Sports Resolutions UK Independent Arbitration Panel ruled City should have its 21 point deduction reversed and the £700 fine rescinded.

They also ruled the further charge of fielding an ineligible player – which would have carried a further three-point penalty – was not proven.

Following their successful appeal, City chairman and manager Stephen Vaughan Jr declared: ”It’s now time to start playing some football, to put this behind us and begin our league programme.”

”We’ve prepared well and the lads have been excellent in not letting anything but football come into their minds. They’re raring to go.”

He added: ”I would just like to put on record how appreciative we are to Chris O’Neal who has represented the club throughout this process with absolute class.”

The FAW said it would pay all of the arbitration costs and written reasons for the judgement would be sent to both parties by Monday.

A spokesperson said they would make no further comment on the decision.

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