Aberystwyth Town respond to FAW charge

The Dias Stand at Park Avenue. Photo by Joseph LandersABERYSTWYTH TOWN have released an official statement on Thursday morning relating to the points deduction issued by the FAW on Tuesday.

The statement is as follows:

“The Board, players, management and everyone at the Club are devastated by what is perceived as a Draconian punishment imposed by the FAW Disciplinary Panel.

As yet the Club has not received the Panel’s reasons for its decision but as it is manifestly obvious that the Panel did not take into account (a) the fact that the Club accepted it had made an administrative error, and took responsibility for it and (b) very significant mitigatory factors put forward at the hearing, the Club is seriously considering an appeal.

No further statement will be released until after a decision on the appeal is made. Aberystwyth Town Football Club takes its responsibility towards Welsh Football and the Welsh Premier League very seriously indeed and will have to consider in particular whether any further appeals are in the best interests of the League.”

The fact that the club are concerned with the integrity of the league echoes the decision by GAP Connah’s Quay to retract an appeal against a very similar points deduction levelled by the league last season. Connah’s Quay withdrew their appeal citing ‘the good of Welsh football’ as a reason.

Aber Town had been deducted three points and fined £250 for playing full back Peter Hoy in the game against Connah’s Quay on the 4th January. Hoy had previously picked up five yellow cards and so should have been suspended for the match.

The club are considering whether to appeal the decision and have until Friday the 7th of February to decide.