Lawyers bid to keep Doncaster Belles up

Andrew Isaacs and Carl Lygo have offered their support to Doncaster Rovers Belles. Picture: Andrew Roe

Andrew Isaacs and Carl Lygo have offered their support to Doncaster Rovers Belles. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Legal experts have stepped in to support Doncaster Rovers Belles in their battle to avoid demotion to the second tier of the FA Women’s Super League.

Belles are waiting to hear the outcome of their ‘relegation’ appeal to the FA in a restructured 2014 league.

The decision, yet to be explained by the FA, has been met with widespread criticism and could be challenged in court - if the Belles decide to take up the offer of assistance.

Doncaster solicitor Andrew Isaacs has contacted the Belles to offer his support.

Doncaster-born barrister Carl Lygo, chief executive of BPP Holdings Ltd and principal of BPP University College, is also studying the terms and conditions of Belles’ Super League licence, granted when they became founder members of the FAWSL in 2011.

Lygo said: “There might be a breach of contract the way the FA went about it.

“We have the means and legal knowledge to support the Belles but it needs the club to want to do something. It needn’t cost the club a penny.

“The way the Belles have been treated by the FA is disgraceful.”

Belles are reluctant to comment while their appeal is being heard this month.