Bury expelled from EFL: League will not overturn expulsion despite £7m bid


Bury academy manager ‘devastated’ at closure

The English Football League will not go back on its decision to expel Bury, despite the club saying a £7m takeover bid was made aware to them before their deadline of 17:00 BST on Tuesday.

Gustavo Ferriera, a Brazilian pastor who runs a sports agency, says he has made a bid for the club and is happy to take on their current debts.

The Shakers were expelled after C&N Sporting Risk pulled out of a takeover.

It ended a 125-year stay in the League for the two-time FA Cup winners.

“Everyone connected with Bury Football Club were shocked, and disappointed with the EFL’s decision to expel this wonderful, historic, community-driven club from the Football League,” a club statement read.

“This decision was taken despite a credible new bidder being made aware to them before Tuesday’s 5pm deadline.

“This is something we are struggling to comprehend as the new bidder has proven significant funds to the EFL – funds to allow them to take over, run and secure the long-term future of Bury Football Club.

“Everyone at the club believed that such (were) the capabilities of the potential new owner, this would’ve started a brand new era for the club, seeing it go from strength to strength.”

The EFL’s conduct in the final few hours of Bury’s time in the League has been heavily criticised both by the club and Bury South MP Ivan Lewis.

“The extreme lack of communication from the EFL has left all involved with Bury Football Club astonished and in dismay,” the statement continued.

Lewis tweeted: