FC Isle of Man and The North West Counties Football League have agreed that the club’s playing membership will be suspended for the remainder of this season.

The club were admitted into the league for this season, joining the First Division South, but the pandemic has understandably halted their participation since.

A statement explains that this decision allows the NWCFL to concentrate on resolving the ongoing fixture issues for the remaining member clubs in the context of the new Tier rules within England, to ensure that the league can be concluded by 31st May 2021, as per the directive of the Football Association.

The league have also confirmed that there is no risk to the club’s place in the NWCFL and their membership will be retained for next season.

Paul Jones, the club’s director of football, said: “This decision is a sensible one from both the league and our club’s perspective. The ongoing travel restrictions, both here on the island and in the UK, mean that it is unlikely that we would complete all required fixtures by the end of May 2021.

“Our temporary playing suspension from the league will allow the NWCFL to prepare the remaining fixtures for league and it will allow us as a club to continue the organisational, structural and administrative preparations required to place the club in an even better position in preparation for the start of the 2021/22 season. We wish all other members clubs the very best for the remainder of the season and we look forward to meeting them properly and hosting their teams and supporters on the island next season.”

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