League One Peterborough United sign South Shields FC-led letter to FA calling for review of controversial decision

League One Peterborough United are the first league club to throw their weight behind a letter to the FA signed by more than 100 non-league clubs – including South Shields FC – calling for a review of the decision to void the season.

Tuesday, 31st March 2020, 12:15 pm
Mariners Park the home of South Shields FC.

South Shields FC were one of the original 64 non-league clubs to write a joint letter to the FA demanding answers and slamming the lack of consultation after the lower tiers of the football ladder had their seasons cancelled.

That number has now increased to more than 100 including Sunderland’s League One rivals Posh.

Laura Scott, of BBC Sport, tweeted: “Since yesterday, list of signatories has grown to more than 100 clubs, including @theposhofficial - first club outside non-league pyramid to sign the letter. FA say it wasn't their decision + was recommended by league representatives for them to activate.”

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The FA and Leagues at Steps 3 to 6 of the non-league pyramid last week reached the hugely controversial decision to end the 2019-20 season with immediate effect with all results expunged.

It comes after all football was suspended as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Shields were top of the BetVictor Premier Division table and led nearest rivals FC United of Manchester by 12 points but their promotion hopes are now in tatters.

Angry South Shields FC chairman Geoff Thompson, who has signed the letter to the FA, had already said the club would ‘seek an appeal or will take legal action’ after their promotion hopes were dashed.