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League Two: Accrington Stanley fined £20,000 for appointment of manager James Beattie

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A Football Disciplinary Commission (FDC) for breaching Football League Regulations regarding manager coaching qualifications over their appointment of James Beattie.

The club have been fined £20,000 after it was found that Stanley broke Regulation 40, which requires managers of clubs in Leagues 1 and 2 to hold a UEFA B licence, which Beattie did not have when he was appointed and still does not have now.

Accrington were reminded of their obligations under Regulation 40 by the Football League following the resignation of the club's previous manager Leam Richardson in April 2013, and again following Beattie's appointment the following month.

However, £15,000 of the fine will be suspended if Beattie achieves the necessary qualification by 1st May 2014, and the club have 14 days to appeal the decision.

Beattie's side are currently fighting a relegation battle to stay in League Two.

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