Doncaster Belles: Lawyers bid to keep Belles up

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Legal experts have stepped in to offer their support to Doncaster Rovers Belles in their battle to avoid demotion to the second tier of the FA Women’s Super League.

Belles are waiting to hear the outcome of their appeal against the FA’s proposals to ‘relegate’ them and replace them with Manchester City in a restructured league format for 2014.

The decision, yet to be explained by the FA, has been met with widespread criticism and could yet be challenged in court - if the Belles decide to take up the offer of legal assistance.

Local solicitor Andrew Isaacs has contacted the Belles to offer his support.

Doncaster-born barrister Carl Lygo, chief executive of BPP Holdings Ltd and principal of BPP University College, is also studying the terms and conditions of Belles’ Super League licence, granted when they became founder members of the FAWSL in 2011.

Lygo told the Star: “There might be a breach of contract the way the FA went about it.

“We have the means and legal knowledge to support the Belles but it needs the club to want to do something.

“It needn’t cost the club a penny. I went to school with Karen Walker [former Belles player]. The way the Belles have been treated by the FA is disgraceful.”

Belles are reluctant to comment while their appeal is being heard this month.

Fans up and down the country have reacted furiously to what they perceive as a money-driven decision by the FA, with almost 8,000 signing a petition in support.