Dunfermline Docked 15 Points Following Self Administration

April 10, 2013

Dunfermline Athletic have seen 15 points taken off them for going into a self-imposed administration.

The Scottish Football League handed the club the fine after a board meeting and it will come into play immediately.

If the Pars do not secure a Company Voluntary Arrangement before next season they will be docked a further ten points and be required to pay £150,000.

Following the points deduction, the Scottish First Division side have dropped to ninth place and two points behind Cowdenbeath in the relegation play-off spot.

Bryan Jackson, Dunfermline Athletic administrator said: “”I received a fair hearing from the SFL board and knew that there would be some sanctions imposed by the SFL because of the administration.

“The decision to deduct 15 points from the club is disappointing but expected. This will undoubtedly make what is already a difficult job even harder.

“However, at least this decision means that we know where we stand and what has to be done on and off the park.

“The next few months will be difficult, but I believe, with the support of Pars United, the fans and wider community of Dunfermline, that there is some hope for a positive outcome.

“Whilst I was encouraged by the support and all the donations at last Saturday’s match, I cannot stress enough that we need the fans to continue turning up until the end of the season if the club is to survive through the summer.”

The SFL said: “The Scottish Football League regrets the current situation that Dunfermline Athletic FC finds itself in.

“We are fully aware of the impact this situation has had on all concerned, especially players, staff and fans of the club.

“The SFL has a duty to protect the integrity and on-going smooth-running of the league and therefore, following a thorough process, the SFL board has decided that Dunfermline Athletic Football Club Limited is guilty of conduct contrary to league rules, the interests of the league and its member clubs.

“In the face of current challenges, our ultimate aim is to ensure that clubs survive and communities continue to have a local team to support.”