Gateshead have been denied a licence for the National League next season following disciplinary hearings.
As the turmoil surrounding the club rumbles on and on, the National League have now announced that they have been suspended from the division. The Heed were also docked nine points for the 2018/19, dropping them from 9th to 17th in the final table.
The National League released the following statement:
The National League can announce the outcome of disciplinary hearings concerning Gateshead Football Club.
The club was charged with multiple breaches of the League’s membership rules, and was subject to a review of its financial position and an assessment of its club licence.
Gateshead FC has been found guilty of failing to obtain security of tenure over its ground, defaulting on football creditors, and breaching League rules concerning financial reporting and permitted loans.
The club has had 9 points deducted from its playing record for the 2018/19 season and been fined £3,500.
The National League table has been amended accordingly.
Furthermore, the club has been suspended from the competition and the League has refused the club a licence for the 2019/20 season.
The club has the right of appeal to The Football Association.
The 68 clubs constituting the membership of The National League will be confirmed at the Annual General Meeting on 8th June 2019.