FA faces legal threat for scrapping non-League season

Agency, 27 March : The FA faces the threat of legal action after deciding to expunge results for the 2019-20 season for non-League divisions below the National League and National League North and South.

The same applies to women’s football below the Women’s Super League and Championship, with no promotion and relegation, while grassroots football has been brought to a close for the season due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The FA’s decision appears to be particularly harsh on teams like South Shields, who were 12 points clear at the top of the Northern Premier Division and the club released a statement on Thursday night demanding a rethink.

It read: “We make no apology for making our feelings regarding the FA’s decision to declare the 2019-20 season null and void from step three of the non-League system downwards known.

“We do not understand the rush there has been among many quarters of the non-League game to conclude the season so quickly.

“We will write to the FA in the strongest possible terms so they are left in no uncertainty as to our feelings, and will seek to appeal if there is a mechanism to do so. If the response does not satisfy us we will seek legal advice.”

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