Port Vale’s promotion rivals say no relegation should be overturned



Bradford City are the latest club to go public to say there should be relegation from League Two this season.

The majority of clubs agreed at a meeting on Friday to have no relegation this season. They also decided to end the season and settle it in points-per-game average, promote the top three and try to stage play-offs.

Bradford, like Port Vale, agreed to end the season even though they were just outside the top seven.

However, they say the bottom club – either Stevenage or Macclesfield – should be sent into non league.

Bradford’s director of communications Ryan Sparks said they agree with Grimsby who also argued for relegation.

He said: “There is no self interest attached.

“Ourselves and Grimsby are united in upholding the integrity of not only League Two but the EFL as a structure. Our position will never change on that front.

“We believe the FA will have the final say in terms of structure, promotion and relegation, and the indicative vote that was cast could still be completely wiped off. It wasn’t an official vote.”

Sparks said Macclesfield could face further disciplinary action, having already been docked points by the FA this season.

He added: “We’re told the Macclesfield situation will be concluded before anything happens. If that means another points deduction, that will probably send them out of the league.

“So be it, because as much as the players have given everything, and we found them worthy opponents when we played at Moss Rose, it has been a season to forget for them off the field.”

Sparks added that Stevenage would also have to accept their fate if they went down: “We understand Stevenage’s point of view but they are not talking for the greater good. They want to survive.

“It’s fair that they can be aggrieved with the Macclesfield situation but in the same breath they’ve finished bottom of the pile – and behind a club who have suffered a points deduction.”





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