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Droitwich Spa 'considering their options' following points deduction for fielding ineligible player

Craig Gibbons 6th Jun, 2017 Updated: 7th Jun, 2017

A CRUNCH meeting is to be held later this week to discuss the ‘options available’ to Droitwich Spa Football Club after they were denied promotion after receiving a heart-breaking penalty by the Midland Football League (MFL).

Spa bosses will be holding a meeting on Thursday at 7.30pm to discuss the outcome of the MFL’s decision as well as their plans for the 2017/18 season.

The King George Playing Fields side was charged with fielding the suspended Max Crisp in their fixtures on February 11, February 18 and February 25 last season – the MFL confirmed to the Standard.

The midfielder, according to the MFL,  should not have been played after he received a red card in a 4-0 win at Bloxwich Town in January.

Spa submitted an appeal to the Football Association in a bid to prove their innocence.

However, following the conclusion of the appeal yesterday (Monday), they have been found guilty of the offences and have been docked three points from their playing record.

The deduction means Spa have been stripped of their MFL Division Two title triumph and dropped to third in the league table, missing out on promotion by one point.

Paget Rangers now go up as champions while Alvis Sporting Club claim the runners-up spot and second promotion place.

Following the news, Spa chairman Peter Lemon issued a statement saying he was deeply disappointed to inform the loyal supporters they would be missing out on a promotion place.

He also said they were going to hold a meeting on Thursday night to discuss the future of the 32-year-old club.

“This is extremely disappointing for everyone at the club from the players, management and committee as well as our committed volunteers who have continued to work tirelessly once again over the course of the season,” he added.

“We thank all our supporters and sponsors for their support over the season which has been nothing but extraordinary.

“The club are currently considering our options for the 2017-18 season and will issue an update in due course.”

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