Salisbury FC relegated from The Football Conference

Salisbury City Football Club is facing expulsion from the Football Conference.

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The Football Conference relegates Salisbury FC

The Football Conference Limited has issued a statement concerning the membership of Salisbury City Football Club Limited. It issued the following statement.

The Club has failed to meet the requirement to settle all football creditors in cleared funds by 5pm Thursday 12 June 2014. Furthermore, it has also failed to provide a financial bond of £50,000.00 by the same time and date.

– The Football Conference

These elements constitute two of four requirements unanimously set by members of the Board of the Football Conference Ltd, in attendance and eligible to vote, on Friday 6 June which, if fulfilled, would enable the Club to retain its membership of the Conference National Division. If unfulfilled the Club was advised at the meeting it would be liable to be expelled from the Competition and the Company under Article 5.2 or be relegated.

– The Football Conference

The Directors in attendance at the meeting, and eligible to vote, unanimously agreed to invoke the latter part of its previous decision and relegate Salisbury City FC from the Conference Premier to Conference South. Furthermore, if a Bond of £50,000.00 (or a Bank Guarantee) is not deposited, and the football creditors have not been settled in cleared funds, by 5.00pm on Friday 4 July 2014, the Club will be expelled from the Competition and the Company.

– The Football Conference

The consequence of today's decision means Dartford FC will be reprieved from relegation to Conference South and will be replaced in the constitution of this Division by Salisbury City.

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Salisbury FC take legal action against League

Salisbury City FC are facing expulsion from the Conference after the league's board decided to consider relegating them today, despite meeting financial demands placed on them.

Salisbury City FC Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

On Friday £75,000 was transferred into the club solicitors client account to meet unpaid debts. The Conference board has also been given assurances that in the next seven days, the funds to meet all outstanding club debts will be paid.

However, because of a legal issue in relationship to ownership of the club, the Conference board has decided to throw Salisbury City FC out of the league on Tuesday.

It staggers belief that this is a Conference board which were quite happy, along with the FA, to endorse the appointment of Otail Touzar, but following forensic investigation by the club to expose his financial situation, are now using him as an excuse to throw Salisbury City FC out of the league.

Salisbury City will now consider taking an injunction out on the Conference, or take the case to an FA independent appeal board.

It is disappointing that the Conference have failed to give the club a 7 day extension to clear up their financial irregularities and as a result of their imminent action it leaves Salisbury City FC with no choice but take legal steps.

Salisbury City appeal for more time to solve cash crisis

Salisbury City FC have just updated their website with this statement:

A 5 PM deadline set by the Conference tonight to address some financial issues relating to Salisbury City FC has passed without any action being taken against the club for the time being. Salisbury City FC have asked for an extension from the league and presented them with evidence to support their claim.

Furthermore the club today have, upon legal advice, taken steps to remove the current owner, Mr Otail A.S. Touzar after information surfaced questioning the legitimacy of his takeover of the club. Following consultation with legal experts, Mr Touzar has been banned from the club and will be served with legal papers in the forthcoming days to overturn his ownership.

– Salisbury City FC

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Salisbury says Conference "being supportive"

In the latest update on its website, Salisbury City Football Club says it is in "ongoing discussions" with the Football Conference over the club's future.

Mark Winter and other professionals employed by the club are in on-going discussions with the conference who are being as supportive as they can be. The club will issue a further statement to supporters and stakeholders when there is more to report."

– Salisbury City Football Club
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