KNUTSFORD FC’s relegation from the top flight after the docking of nine points by the Cheshire Football League has been confirmed.

After seeking legal advice, Reds appealed the decision to sanctioning body Cheshire FA, and after a hearing on June 28 the decision was upheld.

A statement by the club criticises the hearing, decision and sanction.

“Following a 75-minute online hearing and a 40-minute deliberation by the CCFA panel, the panel dismissed the appeal,” continues the statement.

“The ‘process’ allows for no further right of appeal. We are thus relegated to Division One for season 2022/23, the consequences of which will have a significant impact on the club.

“Nevertheless, it’s business as usual. Training will be at Knutsford FC (on grass) on Saturday 1pm-2.30pm. New players welcome.”

Reds were reported for allegedly fielding an unregistered player in three games at the back end of the 2021/22 season.

Reds were in a relegation dogfight for much of the campaign but finished third from bottom, with basement team Billinge and Daten Sports set to go down to Division One.

All had looked lost for Knutsford until their third manager of the year, former player Nick Ward, was put in charge in February.

Reds completed their campaign by winning six successive matches.