MP questions sports minister over FA move set to deny promotion to Worthing and many others

An MP is backing Worthing's battle over the decision set to cost them promotion to the National League South.

Ollie Pearce celebrates a goal for Worthing v Merstham / Picture: Stephen Goodger
Ollie Pearce celebrates a goal for Worthing v Merstham / Picture: Stephen Goodger

Worthing are one of dozens of non-league clubs across the country unhappy that the 2019-20 season for steps three to six - which includes their Isthmian premier division - has been scrapped with all results expunged and no promotion or relegation.

The decision - in contrast to what's happened in rugby, where the RFU have calculated final tables based on teams' playing records so far - has been made by FA and league officials but has yet to be ratified by the FA Council.

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Worthing led the Isthmian premier when football was suspended and were favourites for the title and for promotion to National South. The club have expressed great disappointment at the potential prize being taken away.

A Worthing FC spokesman said: "Our local MP has shown his support for our appeal against the FA's decision to expunge the 19/20 season. Sir Peter Bottomley, MP for Worthing West, has written to the Sports Minister. He has asked for more insight into the FA's decision to expunge the 2019/20 league.

"Over 130 clubs have already co-signed a letter to the FA, asking the organisation to reconsider their decision and take the appropriate time to consult the affected clubs. Sir Peter’s support on this issue is very welcome and we look forward to the response."