Salisbury City’s consortium Board are outraged by the actions of the FA and the Vanarama Conference after their court….
…date was pulled at the eleventh hour.
A statement from the club reads: “We were due to go before an independent appeals panel at 12pm today to challenge the Conference Board`s decision to throw us out of the league.
“Yet barely 24 hours before our case was due to be heard the independent chairman objected to our appeal on the grounds we were not the legal owners and therefore had no right to appeal even though we were due to appear in the High Court 24hrs later and claim ownership of the club unchallenged.
“The FA, who had taken the unprecedented step of hearing and appeal from two sets of owners because privately they claimed they feared being sued by a fraudulent Moroccan owner whose only contribution to the club was to walk off with £4,000 of fans money, have now cut off all communication with the club and their legal advisers.
“This whole process is a complete farce. There is nothing independent about this process.
“This is about football closing ranks and conspiring because they feel they are not accountable to anyone else accept themselves.
“The Conference board are a total disgrace governed by individuals with clear agendas against this club.
“Twice they entered into negotiations with us making widespread demands we met including paying down all debts and putting up a £50,000 bond only to pull the plug on us at the 11th hours.
“Their general manager Dennis Strudwick sent a number of emails to former players criticising the club and their failure to pay down debts.
“While Board member Colin Peake went out on blog sites and forums commenting on Salisbury.
“This is completely unacceptable and totally unprofessional.
“What these governing bodies have done is prejudice a Board of Directors whose only interest was to intervene and try and save their beloved football club.
“The Conference and FA can attempt to dress this up how they like but their atrocious, unaccountable actions are a disgrace, they are unfit to govern, they are a total embarrassment to the game they claim to represent.
“It is about time that these people were held accountable for their actions. Who the hell do they think they are?
“Because we are a small club in the greater scheme of things, do they think they have the right to walk all over us, destroy the club and carry on regardless?
“I wonder how Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, who lives in a small village just outside of Salisbury feels about this?
“Perhaps he should be holding his head in his hands in shame that he presides over an organisation that thinks they are above the law.
“Let’s us not forget that while Salisbury were the unfortunate victims of a complete fraudster if the Conference and FA’s pathetic and farcical fit and proper persons test hadn’t been in operation he wouldn’t have been able to take control of the club in the first place.
“What idiots allow an individual to make up a name and only ask him to provide an email address as confirmation he is fit to own a football club? You guessed it the bungling fools at the Conference and FA.
“What they have conspired to do to Salisbury City is disgraceful and against the moral obligation they have to the teams under their charge.”