Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley has defended the decision taken by Formula One's Strategy Group to reject Marussia's entry with its 2014 car, after the team came under fire for blocking the proposal.

Fernley stated there were too many 'compliance issues' and the submission by Marussia 'lacked substance'.

The group, consisting of the FIA, Bernie Ecclestone and the leading six teams - Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams and Force India - met in Paris on Thursday and rejected Marussia's entry for the 2015 season with last year's car, after the team confirmed it would not be able to produce a new car for the first race of the season at Melbourne in March.

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"The Strategy Group was faced with an application for Marussia's 2014 cars to compete in the 2015 championship," Fernley said. "During the meeting it emerged there were compliance issues and that the application lacked substance.

"Equally, the speculative application submitted contained no supporting documentation to reinforce the case for offering special dispensation. For example, no details were supplied of who the new owners would be or the operational structures that would be put in place.

"Given the lack of information, uncertain guarantees, and the speculative nature of the application, the decision was taken that it is better to focus on ensuring the continued participation of the remaining independent teams."

Force India, who missed the first Formula 1 test in Jerez this week, were reportedly one of the teams to say 'no' to Marussia's proposal, resulting in a backlash from fans who feel the team were unwilling to help a competitor so they could secure more prize money.

Marussia, who were recently reported to be in the process of being taken over and renamed Manor for 2015, fell into administration in last October and subsequently missed the final three races of the season.