By Simon Evans
MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Bury, expelled from the Football League (EFL) on Tuesday after failing to provide guarantees about their finances, have no right of appeal against the decision, EFL Executive Chair Debbie Jevans said on Wednesday.
Bury, with 125 years membership of the Football League, became the first team to be expelled since Maidstone in 1992 after a takeover bid fell through just before a deadline to satisfy the EFL about their future.
“There’s no appeal process. It is within people’s rights to write to us, we await any correspondence, should it arrive,” Jevans told reporters.
C&N Sporting Risk pulled out of its proposed takeover of the League One (third-tier) side just a few hours before the deadline to meet the league’s requirements saying the club’s finances were full of complications.
Jevans said she was upset that the EFL had to expel Bury but added that the process was now completed.
“Devastated, no other word for it. I understand what I’ve heard the fans say. It’s very sad,” she said.
“But that decision was made, the share (in the EFL) has been revoked and is now with the EFL,” she added.
Jevans said the EFL, which had postponed five league games and kicked Bury out of the EFL Cup, had no choice after extending their deadline to work with C&N on a potential deal.
“I don’t honestly know what more we could have done,” she said.
(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ken Ferris)