UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future of one of Wales’ oldest and most successful clubs after their suspension from “all football-related activity” for failing to pay more than £50,000 in wages.

Bangor City, formed 145 years ago, “accepts and respects” the punishment meted out by the Football Association of Wales (FAW) earlier this week.

In a statement issued following the FAW’s decision, Citizens chairman and owner Domenico Serafino said the club is “working tirelessly to be able to resume normal activities very shortly”.

An FAW panel had ruled that the outstanding wages owed to players and staff needed to be paid within 31 days from October 29.

The club, currently playing in JD Cymru North, failed to meet the deadline and the suspension came into effect.

It means their game against Buckley Town, originally due to take place on Saturday, has been postponed – Bangor have been docked three points for not fulfilling the fixture.

The overall implications for the Cymru North remain to be seen, although the longer the suspension lasts, the greater impact it will have on the competition.

An FAW statement on the matter read: Bangor City FC have been suspended from all football-related activity following their non-compliance with a Disciplinary Panel order.

“The suspension relates to a number of disputes from personnel of Bangor City FC in accordance with FAW Rules 39.2.5 and 43.2 for the alleged non-payment of salaries.

In accordance with FAW Rule 49, the Disciplinary Panel ordered Bangor City FC to pay the outstanding monies within 31 days as and from 29 October 2021.

“The deadline for these payments has passed, resulting in an automatic suspension from all football-related activity until such time that the club complies with the order.”

A suspension from all football-related activity prohibits the club from any involvement in football.

This includes but is not limited to the following: Football matches played in a competition and/or at a ground under the jurisdiction of the FAW.

Prohibits training activities connected to the club under the jurisdiction of the FAW.

Conducting administrative duties connected to football or the club.

Former boss Hugo Colace and players Enzo Agustin Zicarelli and Juan Ignacio Torres Matanza are some of those owed money.

Colace was sacked last month with Maturin Ovambe now in charge of the first-team, while Argentina’s 1986 World Cup winner Pedro Pasculli is the club’s new sporting director.

The three-time Welsh champions were demoted from the Cymru Premier in 2018 after being refused a domestic licence.

And they only avoided relegation the following season after a 42-point deduction for alleged breaches of FAW rules was halved on appeal.

Bangor’s response to the suspension read: “Bangor City Football Club accepts and respects the suspension enforced by the FAW, despite the club's efforts to avoid this situation.

“However, the club believes that the consequences are especially harsh on our juniors who have nothing to do with this issue.

“Therefore, we are working tirelessly to be able to resume normal activities very shortly.”