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Banbury may take legal action against Mitchell Bryant

Billy Jeffrey
Jeffrey says the points loss could be costly to Banbury's league survival bid

Banbury United may take legal action against a former player after being fined £450 and docked one point for playing him when he was ineligible.

Mitchell Bryant joined Banbury in November but it was discovered that his father had signed the contract for him.

The discrepancy was spotted by the Southern League officials following a subsequent move to Hungerford Town.

"We're furious, we're talking to a solicitor to decide what to do," manager Billy Jeffrey told BBC Oxford.

"We got a letter from the league to say when he signed for Hungerford the signature on the form was totally different to the one when he signed for Banbury.

"They asked the player and he admitted to them his father had signed for him.

"We're looking at legal action to decide what the best course of action will be," he added.

"The club haven't decided on an appeal because at the end of the day we have fielded an ineligible player."

The Zamaretto Premier Division side are six points off the drop-zone and were deducted one point having fielded Bryant in their 1-1 draw with Leamington last November.

There's nothing we can do and no way we can trace that, we've been docked a point and fined £450 and we haven't done anything wrong

Banbury Boss Billy Jeffrey

"That point could be important come the end of the season, anything can happen and we just really feel that we have been hard done by," he said.

"As far as we are concerned the forms were OK but there is no way we could tell that it was his father's signature.

"There's nothing we can do and no way we can trace that. We've been docked a point and fined £450 and we haven't done anything wrong."

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