Doncaster Belles to be kicked out of soccer's top tier

Doncaster Belles fans are protesting after it emerged the FA would relegate them at the end of season no matter how well they did on the pitch. The FA is creating a new two tier Super League structure and the Belles will be in the lower division.

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Belles face being kicked out of top tier

Now if you're a football fan imagine getting the news your team was to be relegated after just ninety minutes of the new season no matter how well they did on the pitch.

Well that's what's happened to Doncaster Belles ladies team who will be replaced by Manchester City Ladies, after the FA decided there would be a new two-tier Superleague next season. Martin Fisher has the story.

Belles appeal against being kicked out of women's top tier

The Doncaster Belles in action Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Doncaster Belles fans tare taking their protest to the town's Keepmoat Stadium after it emerged the FA would relegate them at the end of season no matter how well they did on the pitch.

The FA is to create a new two tier Super League structure at the top of the women's game and they've decided the Belles should be in the lower division next season - the first time they would have been out of the top flight in 22 years.

It's likely their place at the top table will be taken by Manchester City as other new teams come into the league. Lincoln Ladies are also effected by the the new structure with the side moving to be based in Nottingham and rebranded as Notts County Ladies.

But Belles supporter Sarah May said the decision was all about money and not what happened on the pitch.

She said:"It's down to finance. We haven't got the big backers that a lot of the men's clubs have got. Our girls still hold down full time jobs.

"We are shocked and dismayed but determined to fight on to get justice for our girls.They don't deserve this. We have eight England internationals in our squad and this could have a massive implication on their future careers."

The Belles have appealed against the FA's decision with a hearing expected by the middle of next month.

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