Bury FC deducted three points for fielding ineligible player
“A Disciplinary Commission has ruled that Bury are to be deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player, Callum Styles, in the Sky Bet League 1 fixture against Southend United on Sunday 8 May 2016.
“The Club has accepted that Styles was not registered in accordance with League regulations and the points deduction will be applied retrospectively to Bury’s 2015/16 season total. The final divisional table for League 1 will be adjusted with Bury dropping from 14th to 16th place.
Clubs response to Callum Styles statement
Callum Styles arrived at Bury FC at the beginning of March and signed ‘trialists’ papers with the club. Following a successful trial spell with the club, Callum signed as an academy player.
However, the transfer deadline to register players with the Football League for the run into the end of the season was 24th March. Bury FC went into the game with Southend United on 8 May believing that Callum was a registered Bury FC player and admit all charges set down on the club and accept the punishment of a thee points deduction as Callum completed his registration forms with the club after the deadline date of 24th March.
Callum Styles is registered with Bury Football Club and has joined the Youth Team Scholarship programme for the next two seasons.