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Derry anger follows league axing


Derry City say they will contest the decision to kick them out of the League of Ireland.

Derry City chairman Pat McDaid has attacked the FAI after it expelled the club from the League of Ireland following a meeting on Saturday.

The league said Derry had broken regulations by holding secondary, unofficial contracts with players.

"What happened on Saturday was a travesty, an absolute witch-hunt and a complete annihilation," said McDaid.

The club said it will take legal action to secure league prize money and also its survival.

McDaid added that the way situation was conducted has been "absolutely shameful".

The Brandywell club, which has been plagued by serious financial troubles, had its contract with the league terminated at the crisis meeting on Saturday.

The Candystripes can reapply to get back into the league but would have to play in a lower division.

The players have not been paid wages for over two months.

Derry have not received the 80,000 euro they would have got for finishing fourth in the Premier Division, which concluded on Friday.

According to the League of Ireland, Derry officials are to have talks with an FAI delegation to explore how they can play senior football outside the Premier Division.

Derry's Setanta Cup match away to St Patrick's Athletic on Tuesday has been postponed.

The decision to dismiss Derry from the Premier Division means Galway United are safe from relegation.

Bottom club Bray Wanderers have been thrown a lifeline as they will now face Drogheda in the play-off.

The Candystripes are believed to have debts in the region of £500,000

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Derry axed from League of Ireland
07 Nov 09 |  Irish
FAI to hold Derry crisis meeting
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McGlynn on desperate Derry plight
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