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OT : FA relegate Premier League team for no reason. Could you imagine ?

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Could you imagine a re-formed premier league without an Everton, or an Arsenal ?Well, it''s happened in womans'' football.  The Doncaster Belles, who have been in the female top flight for 22 years, have been removed from the top tier of the reformed womens football league structure - being replaced by a Man City team who have only ever played in the second division.http://popularstand.wordpress.com/2013/05/13/the-belles-toll-on-the-fas-relegation-of-the-doncaster-belles/"...it is not for football that the Belles have been removed from the

top flight. In the first two seasons of the Super League they have not

finished bottom, instead Liverpool have grasped the wooden spoon on each

occasion. They have not been taken from the top flight due to

facilities as in the Keepmoat Stadium, of which they are fully-fledged

co-tenants, they boast the best regular home ground in the league. And

they have not been kicked out due to a lack of support, because whilst

the Belles crowds could be higher, they have not been the lowest in the

league, and they’ve certainly not been the quietest. Instead, they have

been demoted and removed simply because the name doesn’t fit, and the

pounds in their bank account couldn’t match the pound signs rolling

around the eyeballs of those at the FA who make these decisions.

The new Super League set-up is full of inexplicable non-reasoning to

the extent that is arguable the Belles are not even the hardest hit.

(There is no place for Leeds in either division despite the fact they

remain in with a shot at the Premier League title, whilst Lincoln have

been allowed to completely rebrand themselves as Notts County and retain

their top flight status despite abandoning the city which has backed

them for the last decade). But come next season the Belles will be the

most notable absence from the top-flight table; people will look at the

Women’s Super League standings and think “What happened to Doncaster?” And you can’t simply reply “oh, they had a bad year and were relegated,”

because they didn’t. Instead they were simply not wanted. Shafted and

scratched out by an FA who have made it abundantly clear they care more

about finance and ‘partners’ than the people and the teams who did more

than they ever could to establish the women’s game in this country in

the first place."

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Absolute disgrace.

I knew the FA were biased incompetents, but this goes beyond a joke...

Wonder if an online campaign and petition would help?

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That is sickening. That really is horrifying. I can''t imagine how the Doncaster team feels, surely there is some legal proceedings to this?

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Total disgrace.... how can anyone think of Women''s football without thinking of Doncaster Belles.

I bet if you asked just about anyone to name a Women''s football team they would come up with the Belles.

Shocking....what can we do to help????

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Which got me thinking about the Premier League!! Does anyone think that they would demote Man Utd or Chelsea. Ok it wouldnt be in the same context but along the lines of what happened in Serie A in 06.

As much as people claim the Italian League is corrupt at least their FA are not afraid to do something about it.

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[quote user="Hackedoff"]Which got me thinking about the Premier League!! Does anyone think that they would demote Man Utd or Chelsea. Ok it wouldnt be in the same context but along the lines of what happened in Serie A in 06. As much as people claim the Italian League is corrupt at least their FA are not afraid to do something about it.[/quote]

Rangers in Scotland....putting them in the 3rd divison has probably done more harm to Scottish football than to Rangers....but would the Premier League have the balls to do the samething to say Man City, Chelsea etc etc?

I still cannot believe they can so this!!

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"Rangers in Scotland....putting them in the 3rd divison has probably done more harm to Scottish football than to Rangers....but would the Premier League have the balls to do the samething to say Man City, Chelsea etc etc?

I still cannot believe they can so this!!"

The difference being that the Scottish FA didn''t really demote "Rangers".

Absolutely disgusting behaviour from the FA here. It really is the equivalent of just kicking Everton out of the league.

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how sad and Sickening... i hope the man city team turn out to be useless and get relegated!It really is a sad state of affairs for football when such things should happen and the fair get punished.

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That is beyond any reasonable persons thinking. Absolutely farcical

I can remember watching the Belles (purely in the realms of research) back in 1984 (?) at a Cup Final at Carrow Road

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