The Gibraltar FA have this evening expelled FC Olympique from all GFA competitions following the clubs forfeit of a second consecutive National League match.
The GFA have issued the following statement:
“The GFA confirms that FC Olympique have this evening been expelled from all GFA competitions following the Club’s forfeit of a second consecutive National League match.
The Club had already forfeited the league match versus Europa FC on the 21stAugust. This evening, the Club were scheduled to play Manchester 62 FC, but FC Olympique have again failed to fulfill a fixture on time.
The GFA’s regulations on forfeiture are very clear. Rule 136 of the Association’s Disciplinary Regulations stipulate that if a team abandons and/or forfeits a total of two matches during a season, the team will have its Domestic Licence automatically withdrawn and will consequently be expelled from all GFA competitions. The Association therefore regrettably has no option but to expel FC Olympique from its competitions following successive forfeits on the 21stAugust and the 11thSeptember.
The National League is therefore reduced to a 12-team competition. The structure of the National League will remain otherwise unchanged and as previously advised.”
Tonight’s decision comes as no surprise due to a constant battle over player’s wages and an apparent late submission of players registrations for this season.