COVENTRY UNITED LADIES have been handed a 10-point deduction by the Football Association (FA) after entering voluntary liquidation last month.
The points deduction has been applied immediately and means the Red and Greens drop to the bottom of the FA Women’s Championship table on minus four points.
And that means Coventry are now 10 points behind relegation rivals Watford with 11 matches left to play this season.
However, in accordance with competition rules the club does have the option to appeal the FA’s decision.
The rules state that a 10-point deduction will be applied if any club suffers an “insolvency event”.
The club was saved from liquidation by local businessman Lewis Taylor on Tuesday, January 4 who confirmed the club is “saved for sure” in an exclusive interview with the Coventry Observer yesterday.
Energy Angels chief executive Taylor’s offer to rescue the club was accepted by shareholders just hours before the liquidation deadline on Tuesday and is expected to be finalised next week.
The FA statement in full reads: “The Football Association can confirm that a 10-point deduction has been imposed on Coventry United Ladies FC pursuant to Rule 19.2.2 of The FA Women’s Super League and The FA Women’s Championship Competition Rules.
“The points deduction has been applied immediately in accordance with Competition Rule 19.2.4.
“The automatic points deduction may be appealed by Coventry United Ladies FC in accordance with Competition Rule 19.2.9.”