Accrington Stanley can confirm that the club has been fined £20 000, with £15 000 of this amount suspended, for breaching Football League regulations regarding manager coaching qualifications.

This is a regrettable situation and measures have been put in place to ensure that James Beattie has gained the required qualifications by the deadline of 1st May.

The club do not intend to appeal against the charge.

Accrington Stanley will make no further comment on this subject.