Combined Counties League: A large majority of the clubs voted in favour of AC London's exclusion
The future of AC London is in doubt after Combined Counties League clubs voted in favour to expel them from their competition at their Annual General Meeting.
The AGM was held at Abbey Rangers FC in Addlestone on Saturday and the Combined Counties League issued the following statement on its website.
“Before the AGM, an EGM had been called to decide upon a proposal to remove AC London from the proposed constitution for 2018-2019, in accordance with rule 2.18, following a decision by the Board/Management Committee that the organisation and management of the club had fallen below the standards appropriate to membership of the competition.
“The motion was proposed and seconded by different clubs and, when put to the vote, a large majority of the clubs voted in favour of exclusion.
“It is likely that the club will appeal to the FA and they have been included in the cup draws for the time being. If there is no appeal or any such appeal fails, the club(s) against whom they have been drawn will receive a bye into the next round.”
A posting on Abbey Rangers’ Twitter feed said: “Reasons given were onfield behaviour, 14 reds before Christmas, coupled with constant admin problems, failing to fulfil two fixtures end of the season...Clubs backed motion heavily.”
Combined Counties League Rule 2.18 states: “If during the course of a season the Board decide that the organisation and management or finances of a particular Club fall below the standards appropriate to membership of the Competition, the Competition Secretary shall be instructed to warn the Club at once that it may be excluded from membership of the Competition at the end of that playing season. Such a Club shall have the right to appeal to The FA within 14 days of the date of notification of the Board’s decision.”