Welsh side Bangor City are to be handed a 42-point deduction and are set for their second successive relegation.
The Football Association of Wales released a statement issuing a number of charges that the club will face after the conclusion of league season.
Bangor will not be able to buy any players until the 31st of December 2019 after being played under a transfer embargo.
The points deduction means they are likely to go down for a second time in three years.
FAW said: “The Panel decided that Bangor City should have a transfer embargo placed upon them and be suspended from registering any Professional Players with immediate effect up to and including 31 December 2019.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Panel confirmed that this would not impact any player currently holding a valid professional contract or prevent Bangor City Football Club from registering any Amateur Players during this period.
“However, the renewal of a professional contract would not be permitted during this period.
“The Panel noted that the Huws Gray Alliance League Rule 7 states that any “club to have played an ineligible player in a league fixture will be dealt with by the management committee.
“If found guilty they will be deducted three points per game and fined a maximum of two hundred pounds per instance.
“Therefore, the Panel decided that a total of 42 points are to be deducted from Bangor City’s Huws Gray Alliance League record for the 2018/2019 season.
“After carefully considering the written and verbal evidence submitted, the Disciplinary Panel decided that all listed charges above against Bangor City Football Club be proven.”
Bangor City responded: “In light of the findings of the recent case, FAW vs. Bangor City FC, the FAW has issued a points deduction to the club as a result of players being paid who are registered as non-contract players that do not have a written contract at FAW.
“This issue will send shockwaves through the football community as many clubs throughout Wales pay players who are registered as non-contract and who are not on professional contracts.
“In the opinion of the FAW, players who sign standard non-contract forms should NOT be paid apart from expenses and then only if valid receipts are submitted.
“All registration rules have been adhered to and the decision is based on ‘balance of probability’ rather than adhering to their own rules and regulations.
“All forms signed have been submitted correctly and therefore, no blame can be attributed to any individuals who have been involved with the club.
“The punishment that has been issued is severely harsh and not in keeping with previous punishments for similar issues.
“This decision will be appealed – not just in the interests of Bangor City but for every other club within Welsh football who currently are doing the same thing.”
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