SIX of York City’s National League North rivals have had their appeals against sanctions from last season turned down by an independent appeal board.

A further three clubs have had varied terms ordered to their sanctions following agreement with the National League.

All nine clubs face a fine and a points deduction, the latter suspended on the condition that they are not found guilty of breaching league rule 8.39, the league’s law governing missed fixtures, in 2021/22.

The sanctions were initially imposed after the sides were found guilty of non-fulfilment of fixtures in the 2020/21 season's contentious campaign.

Alfreton Town, Bradford (Park Avenue), Curzon Ashton, Darlington, Kettering Town and Southport have all had their appeals turned down. The fines imposed on them are worth £2,000 for each missed game. Curzon were hit with the highest sum, an £8,000 fine.

Each has a suspended points deduction of two per missed game.

Blyth Spartans (£6,000), Farsley Celtic (£4,200) and Spennymoor Town (£4,200) have each had 50 per cent of their respective fines suspended, though their suspended points deduction remains as it was when it was imposed.

The appeal board’s findings, which can be viewed on the FA’s website, showed that Bradford received a £20,000 grant from Sport England, indicating the state of the club’s financial affairs. Avenue were one of just two sides to receive grants.

In National League South, Bath City, Chippenham Town, Dulwich Hamlet and Slough Town all had their appeals knocked back, as did Dover Athletic.

National League outfit Dover will start next season with a 12-point deduction and a £40,000 fine.