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Bristol Rovers to challenge Wycombe punishment for rule breach

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Bristol Rovers have today issued a statement on their official website questioning the punishment of Wycombe Wanderers’ rule breach on Third Party Ownership, reports the Bristol Post.

Wycombe escaped relegation on goal difference following a 3-0 win over Torquay United on the last day of the season, while Rovers were relegated as they lost 1-0 to Mansfield Town. Bristol-Rovers-badge

The statement on the Bristol Rovers official website says:

“It has come to the attention of Bristol Rovers FC that Wycombe Wanderers FC appear to have breached FA rules on Third Party Ownership.

“It’s current Chairman (Don Woodward), in giving evidence at a recent FA Disciplinary Hearing, appears to have admitted a serious breach in respect of the player Matt Phillips (and possibly other players).

“The result of this led to Wycombe wrongfully obtaining a competitive advantage over Bristol Rovers.

“Without this, Wycombe rather than Bristol Rovers could have been relegated.

“Bristol Rovers were relegated merely on goal difference, and as the breach, if proven, would have almost certainly led to a points deduction, Bristol Rovers have instructed specialist sports lawyers together with Nick De Marco, a leading sports barrister, to draft and send a complaint to both The Football League and The Football Association.”

FLW reported last week Wycombe were fined £10,000 by the FA for breaching football agent regulations in relation to the sale of Matt Phillips to Blackpool in 2010.


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