EFL REFUSE to rescind decision to expel Bury, confirming they will be kicked out of the Football League despite last-ditch offers to buy club
- The EFL will over-turn their decision to expel Bury from the Football League
- Confirmation has been given, despite late attempts to buy the crisis club
- Potential buyer Gustavo Ferreira is said to have been contacted by the EFL
- The expulsion ended Bury’s 125-year involvement in the league system
The EFL have refused to rescind the decision to expel Bury from the Football League, despite pleas from local MPs and fan groups and a £7m offer being on the table.
An unscheduled EFL Board meeting was held on Thursday to discuss the recent crises facing Bury and Bolton Wanderers, yet the outcome was yet more bad news for supporters of the former.
Local MP James Frith has now threatened legal action against the EFL, while several players including captain Neil Danns are considering suing the organisation for negligence over the expulsion.
The EFL will not be rescinding the recent decision to expel Bury from the Football League
Sportsmail can reveal that at least one ex-employee of the club has taken a pay dispute with Steve Dale to an employment tribunal.
‘The new bidder has proven significant funds to the EFL, funds to allow them to takeover, run and secure the long-term future of the club.
‘Everyone at the club believed that such the capabilities of the potential new owner, this would’ve started a brand new era.
‘The extreme lack of communication from the EFL has left all involved with Bury Football Club astonished and in dismay.
‘Again, we would like to reiterate that the lack of communication from the EFL has been nothing short of dismal throughout this process.’
Court listings seen by Sportsmail state that the controversial owner is facing a claim – thought to be by the club’s former supporter liaison officer – of ‘Failure of employer to pay or unauthorised deductions have been made’.
Many players and club staff have not been paid for several months, while others have relied on financial help from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA).
There is no process by which an appeal could be made over the expulsion, but Mr Frith has committed to strong action.
He posted on social media: ‘Another striking blow from the @EFL and their refusal to revoke the expulsion from the football league.
‘We’ll up the ante now with Parliamentary & legal action. Updates to follow. Including my calls for investigation into the financial irregularities that caused this mess.’
Bury South MP Ivan Lewis has revealed he has written to the English Football League (EFL)
A a reported £7million offer has been placed on the table from SJ Global Investment
A statement from Bury said that those involved with the club were ‘shocked’ and ‘disappointed’ that the EFL had decided to kick it out of the League ‘despite a credible new bidder being made aware to them before Tuesday’s 5pm deadline’.
It continued: ‘Given this, all staff, players and no doubt fans of Bury Football Club are utterly devastated that despite the new bid to buy the Club, the EFL have informed us that they will not be rescinding their decision…
‘The extreme lack of communication from the EFL has left all involved with Bury Football Club astonished and in dismay.’
The EFL did not respond to the statement.
However, Sportsmail understands that the £7m bid by SJ Global International had not been subject to the required due diligence, nor were creditors informed, and therefore it was not considered advanced enough before Tuesday evening’s deadline.
Meanwhile, the Insolvency Practioners Association announced last night that it is ‘considering the operation’ of the company voluntary arrangement (CVA), which was secured by the club in July.