De Graafschap to fight KNVB ruling

De Graafschap are ready to fight the KNVB following their decision to overturn the relegation of FC Twente which would leave them in the Eerste Divisie next season.

The Superboeren are reportedly furious with the outcome of the long protracted saga between the Dutch FA and the financially-stricken Tukkers, as it left them unable to attract players who weren't willing to commit to a team that didn't know which division they would be playing in next term.

Twente were officially relegated from the Eredivisie after financial irregularities, but then won their case on appeal which meant that 17th-placed De Graafschap were reinstated and then relegated again following the appeal. 

A statement on the Doetinchem outfit's official website read: "The club want the KNVB to strictly enforce the rules in order to ensure a fair and level playing field for all competing teams.

"De Graafschap now, wanted and unwanted, take the lead in a process whose outcome should be a fair competition and clear regulations which is carefully monitored by the KNVB. 

"We owe that to our employees, our volunteers, our supporters, but also those of all the other clubs."