City are to appeal against the extra 15-point deduction that was imposed upon them by the Football Conference at the start of the season.
City suffered an automatic 10-point penalty when they entered administration, and this deduction was increased by a further 15 points following the Inland Revenue’s successful appeal against the admin judgement.
In order to prevent the club going out of business, Chester did sign documentation stating that they wouldn’t appeal the deductions and they were subsequently granted permission to join the league.
However, after taking legal advice, City have been advised that “commercial duress” was exerted when they did sign the documents and their appeal will be based on this legal point.
A spokesman for the Deva Stadium outfit last night confirmed that the appeal would proceed.
The Conference were criticised by the Football Association following the club’s protracted entry into the Blue Square Premier League last month, the FA stating that the extra 15-point penalty was outside the League’s remit.
Meanwhile, Chester could well face a financial fine following Tuesday night’s 2-1 defeat by Tamworth. Six of City’s players were booked during the game, and a fine of up to £1,000 may well be imposed by the FA.