Saturday 24th October v. Linfield (home) - Danske Bank Premiership - k.o: 5:30pm

Coleraine Match Report
Open letter from the Chairman
Uploaded Wednesday, 9th Sep, 2020 at 22:32


Dear Sky Blues,
Over the last few weeks there have been those who have been making various claims verbally and on social media as regards the financial affairs of Ballymena United Football Club. Normally it is best to ignore such comments rather than provide those individuals with a platform. Regretfully when matters progress to a point where such untruths are undermining the running of the club it leaves me with little option but to make a comment.
This evening I note that one of the main protagonists has stated that the Club has been fined the sum of £80k - the original statement the individual qualified by stating that the club signed a player who was registered by another club. Apparently the case was settled in an arbitration court in Switzerland. The suggestion is total fabricated nonsense with absolutely no truth whatsoever. Indeed the last time that Ballymena United suffered a fine was after the cup game at Warrenpoint in February.
At the closure of the season 19-20 I completed 6 years as Chairman of Ballymena United. I am pleased to say that the Club is on a sound financial footing thanks mainly to the success of David Jeffrey and his players. There are no court cases hanging over Ballymena United, no fines outstanding to be paid nor are there any matters with NIFL, IFA or any other body to be dealt with. I have my worries as regards what competitive football we will get to see in the proposed season 20-21 and indeed how Irish league clubs will be able to function with reduced income from attendances. With this in mind I made the decision on a commercial basis to withdraw form the Co Antrim Shield - I remain of the opinion that this was the correct decision for Ballymena United.
Within the financial affairs of any business there are situations which arise and are dealt with in a professional manner by those in an appointed place of responsibility - Ballymena United is no different in this regard and we continue to run club affairs in a professional manner in challenging conditions.
In the best interests of Ballymena United I would ask that the real supporters of the Club ignore the ramblings of those who are totally ill informed and appear to have an agenda to cause damage to the reputation of the Club.
No further statements or clarifications will be issued by the Club.
John Taggart
Chairman
Ballymena United FC

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