A legal challenge by South Shields FC dismissed by independent arbitral tribunal

Tuesday 09 Jun 2020
A three-person panel rejected South Shields FC's challenge

An independent arbitral tribunal has dismissed a legal challenge brought by South Shields FC against the decision of the FA Council to end the season with no promotion or relegation at Steps 3 to 7 of the National League System due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The three person panel rejected the club’s arguments in their entirety that the decision was unlawful.

The FA is acutely aware that any decision taken in such difficult circumstances would leave some clubs disappointed. However, we welcome the findings of the independent tribunal that the decision of the FA Council was taken after due and proper consultation and following careful consideration of the alternative options.

Read the independent arbitral tribunal’s decision.

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