Bury bid for a lifeline is REJECTED: EFL clubs turn down rescue plan and refuse to re-admit expelled team… but MP calls the decision ‘self-interest served cold’
- EFL clubs have rejected the plea of the Bury Rescue Board at a board meeting
- Clubs opted instead for only one club to be relegated from League Two this term
- Bury were expelled from the Football League last month after financial issues
Bury will not be allowed to return to League Two after EFL clubs rejected the plea of the Bury Rescue Board at a significant board meeting on Thursday.
As had been widely expected, clubs opted instead for only one club to be relegated from League Two this season, rather than the typical two, to bring the number of clubs back to the traditional 72.
The proposal for a League Two reinstatement for Bury had been led by MPs James Frith and Ivan Lewis and Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, and they had said in advance of the meeting they felt it was a suitable penalty for last month’s expulsion.
Bury were expelled from the Football League last month after financial issues
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Frith had tweeted: ‘I’m ever hopeful that the good will out & Bury is restored by a way back. I appeal to clubs’ compassion, not the self-interest in their ear. Beware hubris; it was the failure to apply proof of funds test by EFL 10 months ago that kicked this off.’
However, at a pivotal meeting in Milton Keynes – which was the first meeting of clubs since Bury’s expulsion – there was not the necessary level of support from their fellow clubs.
Debbie Jevans told the BBC: ‘The Clubs felt, in a difficult situation, this approach maintains fairness for all members & upholds the principle of the football pyramid.’
In response to the news, Mr Frith tweeted: ‘Devastating to hear self-interest was served cold by many @EFL clubs today & their decision to relegate one less from L2 than admit Bury to League. Thank you to all those who spoke in support of it. I’m meeting @forever_bury and others now. Will make further statement later.’
Bury chairman Steve Dale appealed to Football League clubs to vote to reinstate the club