Bristol Rovers will lodge a complaint against Wycombe Wanderers FC, who they believe gained an unfair advantage in this season’s relegation battle after allegedly breaching FA rules on Third Party Ownership.
“A statement made by Bristol Rovers read: “It has come to the attention of Bristol Rovers FC that Wycombe Wanderers FC appear to have breached FA rules on Third Party Ownership.
“It’s current Chairman, in giving evidence at a recent FA Disciplinary Hearing, appears to have admitted a serious breach in respect of the player, Matt Phillips (and possibly other players).
“The result of this led to Wycombe wrongfully obtaining a competitive advantage over Bristol Rovers.
“Without this, Wycombe rather than Bristol Rovers could have been relegated.
“Bristol Rovers were relegated merely on goal difference, and as the breach, if proven, would have almost certainly led to a points deduction, Bristol Rovers have instructed specialist sports lawyers together with Nick De Marco, a leading sports barrister, to draft and send a complaint to both The Football League and The Football Association.”
Bristol Rovers beat Wycombe on the penultimate day of the season but failure to win their final game saw them relegated whilst Wycombe survived the drop.