Statement: Bootle and City of Liverpool

By James Gordon

The NPL notes the recent statements made by Bootle FC and City of Liverpool FC.

The League became aware of a dispute between our member clubs Bootle FC and City of Liverpool FC 24 hours before the scheduled game v Widnes on 20th January.

The League immediately offered to mediate between the two parties and is disappointed that this offer was not taken up.

Ultimately, however, this is a dispute between landlord and tenant in which the NPL has no powers to intervene.

Our overriding responsibility is to the integrity of the competition and to ensuring that all fixtures remaining are fulfilled.

The League will continue to work with City of Liverpool FC to ensure the club completes the 2023/24 season.

In accordance with FA rules, City of Liverpool FC has until 31st March 2024 to provide a compliant Groundshare Agreement with another club with the necessary grade to maintain its place at Step 4 of the National League System.

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