Bangor City face new FAW disciplinary charge

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Bangor City face a possible new points deduction over fielding an allegedly ineligible player, which if proved could see them relegated.

In May the Welsh Championship North side were charged with alleged breaches of Football Association of Wales rules.

An initial 42-point deduction was halved on appeal, sparing relegation.

Bangor have launched a second appeal against that 21-point deduction, to be heard by an Independent Arbitration Panel at a date yet to be decided.

The three-time Welsh champions, who now play in the second tier, have already stated they will take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport "to clear the name of the club".

However, Bangor need to attend the Independent Arbitration Panel hearing first, as CAS rules state: "A party may lodge an appeal only if it has exhausted all the internal remedies of the sports organisation concerned."

The Citizens were also fined £700 over the previous charges that included fielding ineligible players.

The original 42-point punishment would have seen them relegated for the second successive season because of off-the-field issues.

The reduction to 21 points saw the Citizens avoid relegation on goal difference, so any further punishment - which relates to their match with Prestatyn Town on 22 March - could see them drop into the third tier Welsh Alliance.

The Citizens were demoted from the Welsh Premier League at the end of the 2017-18 season after being refused a domestic licence.

"Bangor City Football Club can confirm it has submitted an appeal notice to the Football Association of Wales regarding its 21-point deduction," read the statement.

"The appeal submitted to the FAW on Monday was to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to clear the name of the club."

Last month the club staved off a High Court winding up order for the third time in 12 months.

At court in London, counsel for HM Revenue & Customs said the latest tax debt - said to be £2,856.36 - had been paid and asked for the winding up petition to be dismissed with costs.

In May, Bangor City FC Supporters Association (BCFCSA) voted in favour of forming a new club, concerned by the way Bangor was being run.

The new club - called Bangor 1876 - has been granted permission by the FAW to begin life in the fifth-tier Gwynedd League next season.

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