Gateshead FC have been suspended from the The National League and refused a licence for next season.
Their ban from the National League means they are unable to play in the tier below – National League North – so would have to drop to the Northern Premier League in 2019-20.
It’s after the club was charged with multiple breaches of the league’s membership rules.
The team can appeal against the decision to the FA.
BBC Newcastle state that the supporters’ takeover of the club from owner Dr Ranjan Varghese had been agreed this week, but is not yet complete.
THE NATIONAL LEAGUE STATEMENT:
“The National League can announce the outcome of disciplinary hearings concerning Gateshead Football Club.
“The club was charged with multiple breaches of the League’s membership rules, and was subject to a review of its financial position and an assessment of its club licence.
“Gateshead FC has been found guilty of failing to obtain security of tenure over its ground, defaulting on football creditors, and breaching League rules concerning financial reporting and permitted loans.
“The club has had 9 points deducted from its playing record for the 2018/19 season and been fined £3,500.
“The National League table has been amended accordingly.
“Furthermore, the club has been suspended from the competition and the League has refused the club a licence for the 2019/20 season.”
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