Football League shows its teeth over Bury but can still improve its rules | David Conn

30 July 2019 06:30
Bury’s opening game of the season has been suspended while the EFL tries to find out if the club has enough money for the whole campaignFor supporters of clubs in crisis who have repeatedly accused the English Football League of weak governance in recent years, it was striking to see the league issue an ultimatum on Monday and finally, determinedly, stick to it. Bury, in League One, were subjected to a last-resort measure, of having Saturday’s opening fixture suspended, on the grounds that the owner, Steve Dale, has not provided the required information to show how the stricken club will be funded.Dale hit back with a characteristically beefy, pugnacious statement on Tuesday, arguing the EFL was “ignoring the facts”, he had indeed sent full “proof of funds”, and accusing it of issuing an “incendiary statement for no gain to anybody other than to discredit Bury FC and it’s [sic] board”. Related: Bury face threat of expulsion from EFL if they cannot pay debts Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian