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Halesowen Town call for answers over season finish

By Matt Maher | Football | Published:

Halesowen Town have taken the first step toward possible legal action over the FA’s decision to expunge their season.

Paul Smith's Halesowen team sat second in the table when the season was cancelled.

The Yeltz have instructed solicitors to write to the Southern League requesting further detail on the process which led to the campaign being declared null and void.

More than 150 clubs signed an open letter protesting against the decision, which saw the results of all matches played below National League level wiped out.

Halesowen sat second in Southern League Central Division One when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

They would have finished top had the season been decided on a points-per-game basis, as the Southern League are initially thought to have wanted.

Their letter, submitted last week on behalf of all other Southern League clubs, includes 10 questions on how the decision to expunge all results was reached.

In particular, they want further detail on the discussions which led to the decision originally being announced on March 26.

The Yeltz are asking for a response from the league by Thursday, after which they will consider their next move.

Similar letters have been sent by South Shields and Hastings to the Northern League and Isthmian League respectively.

The letters state: “The FA has referred to the robust and thorough process that has taken place in coming to the conclusion to immediately terminate the season on a null and void basis and the consultation undertaken with its key stakeholders.

“Your assistance in responding to the above questions will help our client to understand better the process that has taken place.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.

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