The FA has been slammed by the Northern Premier Division, South Shields after deciding to wipe out results for the 2019/20 season for non-league divisions below the National League and National League North and South.
On Thursday night, the FA expunged results for the suspended season, a decision that appeared to be sour on teams like South Shields. Shields were 12 points clear at the top of the Northern Premier Division and following FA’s decision, the club released a statement demanding a rethink.
“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,” a statement from the club read.
“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.”
The FA’s decision also means women’s football below the Women’s Super League and Championship will be affected as well. There will be no promotion and relegation, while grassroots football has been brought to a close for the season due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Women club Barnsley, that play in National League Division One North also released a statement accusing the FA of ‘not taking women’s football seriously’.
“The players in tiers three and four of the women’s game aspire to be professional footballers. They make huge sacrifices to train and develop their skills alongside working full-time in their day jobs,” a statement from the club read.
“The FA have just unnecessarily damaged or taken away the dreams of thousands of female players. We are fully behind all measures relating to Covid-19, and we only want the season to continue when it is safe to do so. Let’s take whatever action is necessary and available to get the FA to do the right thing.”