Old Albanian appeal against points deduction

Old Albanian RFC.

Old Albanian RFC. - Credit: Archant

NCA approach dismissed but club can appeal to RFU

Old Albanian are “strongly considering” an appeal against a points deduction which saw them relegated from National League One.

The club was relegated on April 25 after finishing a single point behind Cinderford.

Survival looked all but assured following a win over Macclesfield on March 14, which put OAs 10 points clear of the Forresters, but two days later the club was docked five points for fielding ineligible players on January 31.

OAs didn’t appeal the decision at the time but this week confirmed they would. That appeal has been dismissed by the National Clubs Association due to OAs missing the appeal window. However, the club now has the option to approach the sport’s governing body.

“We’re disappointed but the option to appeal to the RFU is open and is being considered strongly at this point in time,” said a spokesman for the club.

Old Albanian’s complaint is based on the punishment levied against Gloucester for the same offence. The Premiership outfit were fined £5,000 and given a suspended two-point deduction for fielding Argentine lock Mariano Galarza in a loss to Sale.