City in freefall: Bangor docked 42 points

Bangor City look set to be relegated to the third tier of Welsh football after being docked an unprecedented 42 points.

The troubled Nantporth club have been found guilty by the FAW of several charges, including failing to comply with the financial obligations to six players past and present, fielding ineligible players during Huws Gray Alliance games and failing to submit paperwork involving players’ employment contracts.

City have also been hit with a transfer embargo, preventing them from registering any professional players until the end of December 2019.

The club has attacked the FAW’s decision as ”severely harsh” and announced they will appeal.

It’s a fresh blow for Bangor under the controversial ownership of Vaughan Sports Management, which has seen water and electricity supplies cut at their Nantporth ground because of unpaid bills, a mass exodus of senior players, fans setting up their own breakaway club, and earlier this month, the departure of manager Gary Taylor Fletcher.

City ended the season in fourth place on 51 points – the deduction will leave them in last place on just nine points, leading to immediate relegation to the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance next season.


In a lengthy statement released on Monday evening, the FAW outlined twelve disciplinary charges against the club.

  • A breach of Article 12bis of FIFA Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players – City allegedly failed to comply with their financial obligations towards six of their current and/or former professional players as per the terms stipulated within each player’s respective employment contracts with the club.
  • A breach of FAW Rule 67 – City allegedly entered an employment contract with ‘Player A’ in or around November 2018 and failed to submit a copy of the contract to the FAW – the application for registration did not follow the procedures set by the Association for Professional Players.
  • A breach of FAW Rule 61 – City’s contract with ‘Player A, entered in November 2018, was contrary outside the professional registration periods – the applicable period closed on 31 August 2018 and did not reopen until 1 January 2019.
  • A breach of Clause 4 of the FAW regulations for registering players – City allegedly failed to submit a J5 professional registration form for their contract with ‘Player A’ within five business days of the player’s signature.
  • A breach of FAW Rule 67 – City allegedly failed to submit a copy of the contract with ‘Player A’ to the FAW, and thus, the application for registration did not follow procedures set by the Association for Professional Players.
  • A breach of Clause 4 of the FAW regulations for registering players – City allegedly entered a contract with ‘Player A’ on or around 1 January 2019, which in addition to the required J5 professional registration form, was not submitted to the FAW within five business days of the players signature.
  • A breach of Rule 7 of the Huws Gray Alliance rules – ‘Player A’ played in eleven games from November 2018 and March 2019 while being ineligible.
  • A breach of FAW Rule 67 – City allegedly entered an Employment Contract with ‘Player B’ in or around 2018, and failed to submit a copy of the contract to the FAW – thus the application for registration did not follow the procedures set by Association for Professional Players.
  • A breach of FAW Rule 61 – City’s contract with ‘Player B’, entered in September 2018, was contrary outside the professional registration periods – the applicable period closed on 31 August 2018 and did not reopen until 1 January 2019.
  • A breach of Clause 4 of the FAW regulations for registering players – City allegedly failed to submit a J5 professional registration form for their contract with ‘Player B’ within five business days of the player’s signature.
  • A breach of Article 1, Paragraph 5, Annexe 3 in FIFA regulations on the status and transfer of players – City allegedly failed to use FIFA’s transfer matching system to obtain international clearance for the transfer of ‘Player B’.
  • A breach of Rule 7 of the Huws Gray Alliance rules – ‘Player B’ played in eleven games from October 2018 and March 2019 while being ineligible.

A disciplinary panel decided those charges against Bangor City were proven after considering written and verbal evidence.

Under the rules of the former Huws Gray Alliance, which is being replaced by the new FAW Championship next season, any club found guilty of fielding an ineligible player is deducted three points per game and fined up to £200 per game.

The FAW said: ”The panel noted that ‘Player B’ had participated in 11 matches, eight of which were the same matches as ‘Player A’. The panel felt that the punishment of a three-point deduction per match for the eight matches that both ‘Player A’ and ‘Player B’ has participated in was sufficient.”

”However, the panel determined that with the three remaining matches that ‘Player B’ had participated in between October 2018 and December 2019, which ‘Player A’ did not participate in, there should be a three point deduction per offence.”

The transfer embargo does not impact any player who holds a valid professional contract or prevent City from registering any amateur players.

The club was cleared of three similar charges surrounding an employment contract with a third unnamed player, who had been accused of playing ineligibily in four league games between February and March 2019.

City said the FAW decision’s was not in keeping with past punishments for similar matters.

They claimed it would send ”shockwaves through the football community”, because many Welsh clubs pay registered non-contract players.

The club defended itself in a statement, saying: ”In the opinion of the FAW, players who sign standard non-contract forms should not be paid apart from expenses and then only if valid receipts are submitted.”

”All registration rules have been adhered to and the decision is based on ‘balance of probability’ rather than adhering to their own rules and regulations. All forms signed have been submitted correctly and therefore, no blame can be attributed to any individuals who have been involved with the club.”

”This decision will be appealed – not just in the interests of Bangor City but for every other club within Welsh football who currently are doing the same thing.”

The FAW has given Bangor until Wednesday 29th May to officially lodge an appeal.

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