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An appeal has been launched after all five of the University's football teams in BUCS leagues were deducted points.
The four men's football teams and the women's first team were each deducted one point before the start of the season because of "failure to submit County FA Affiliation before [the] deadline" to university sport's governing body.
It has since been confirmed to Nouse that an appeal has been launched on the grounds that the mistake in question was made by YUSU rather than the football clubs.
Luke Bradley, UYAFC President, told Nouse: "Cass [Brown, York Sport President] has made an appeal to BUCS on our behalf because UYAFC have been punished for an error made by YUSU.
"The appeal accepts the fact that a mistake was made, but states that as the mistake was not made by UYAFC, it is only right that YUSU suffers the penalty.
"We can't be overly confident of a positive outcome as the deadline was indisputably missed. However, we do hope that BUCS will understand our appeal and will consider changing the penalty in future.
"For now, the point deduction has really brought the lads together and made the club even more determined to succeed. That, for me, is the biggest positive."
The potential effects of the one point deduction will be well understood by the men's first team, who narrowly missed out on promotion last year due to the technical irregularities of the BUCS league table system.
They did make the perfect start to the campaign on the pitch, however, with a convincing 5-0 win over a hapless Sunderland side on the 3G Pitch last week. In the same league, the men's team from York's former White Rose Varsity rivals Hull have also been hit by a one point deduction for the same offence.
The deductions also represent an early blow for the women's side, who drew their opening match of the season last Wednesday, in their bid to consolidate their league position after last year's promotion.
And the move could be particularly detrimental to the men's seconds and thirds teams this season, who have to compete against each other in the BUCS Northern 5B league.
Brown confirmed that YUSU were still waiting on the result of the appeal and were hopeful that the ruling, which has affected several other universities, would be overturned: "An appeal was submitted to BUCS two weeks ago. It is yet to be officially launched as BUCS are being slow at replying to emails and keep asking for more information.
"I have to be at least hopeful of a point reversal for the club's sake ... There's no use in thinking nothing's going to come of it, otherwise what's the point in appealing? I've been in contact with unions from other institutions affected who are also keen to appeal the deduction.
"Hopefully a strong negative reaction will encourage BUCS to do just what I've asked."
Nouse reported a similar incident this time last year when the University's swimming teams were left without any entries in the first of three major galas after YUSU missed BUCS' registration deadline by ten minutes.