Ryan unhappy at FA council loss

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Doncaster chairman John Ryan is seeking legal advice following his failure to win a place on the Football Association council.

Ryan is demanding that the election be held again, claiming that rival Barry Taylor sent out literature promoting his own campaign along with photocopies of the ballot paper, contravening FA Rules. The Barnsley director won the vote 9-8 and Ryan has encouraged the FA to review the case, stating he will take legal advice if they do not.

"I believe what Taylor did, sending out a photocopied ballot paper along with leaflets promoting his own campaign, made it appear to clubs that he was the FA's preferred choice," Ryan told the Sunday Mirror.

"In my view it wasn't a fair election and the vote should be taken again, especially as it was so close. I believe that Mr Taylor has behaved improperly and action should also be taken against him. I have made a complaint to the FA and I fully expect them to act on this matter. But I am also taking legal advice."

Taylor has described Ryan's claim as "utter nonsense" but former FA compliance officer, Graham Bean, who is advising Ryan added: "This isn't a case of John Ryan being a bad loser. It's about the FA showing that they aren't just paying lip service to being transparent by arranging the vote to be taken again."

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