Wednesday 10th April 2013
THE SFL have issued the following statement following member club Dunfermline Athletic falling into interim administration.
The Scottish Football League regrets the current situation that Dunfermline Athletic F.C. finds itself in. We are fully aware of the impact this situation has had on all concerned, especially players, staff and fans of the club.
The SFL has a duty to protect the integrity and on-going smooth-running of the League and therefore following a thorough process, the SFL Board has decided that Dunfermline Athletic Football Club Limited is guilty of conduct contrary to League rules, the interests of the League and its member clubs, and the following sanctions will be imposed:
1. That Dunfermline Athletic F.C. be deducted 15 League Championship points with immediate effect.
2. That, with immediate effect, a player registration embargo on players over the age of 21 be imposed until the club comes out of administration.
3. In the event of a C.V.A not having been approved by the commencement of next season or approved but subsequently overturned by order of court, and Dunfermline Athletic remain in administration as a consequence, then a further 10 point penalty deduction will be imposed and a financial guarantee of £150,000 will be required to protect the League against future risk.
It should be noted that Dunfermline Athletic F.C. has a right of appeal against these sanctions.
In the face of current challenges, our ultimate aim is to ensure that clubs survive and communities continue to have a local team to support.