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FA Decision
by Hardy on 19/07/2002

The result of the FA hearing into the 16 charges against Boston United have been announced. Once again the FA have "fudged" a major disciplinary issue.

The FA announce their Boston Decision
Here is the announcement

A three-man F.A. disciplinary commission in Birmingham has spent the last two days hearing charges against Boston United F.C. Boston admitted six breaches of F.A. rules relating to the lodging of registered playing contracts containing details which were found to be false. The penalties imposed by the commission were as follows:

  1. Four points deducted from the commencement of the 2002-2003 Football League season.
  2. A fine of 100,000
  3. The club is ordered to pay adjusted costs of the hearing up to a maximum of 3,000.
  4. Boston United will be subjected to a full financial and compliance review at the commencement of the 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 seasons.

Steve Evans, the team manager at Boston United FC has admitted four breaches of F.A. rules relating to his involvement in the lodging of registered playing contracts containing details which were false. He has denied four other charges relating to contract irregularities and impeding the investigation, which will be dealt with at a later date. The penalties for the charges he has admitted will be decided once the other charges have been dealt with.

Pat Malkinson, the former chairman of Boston United FC, has denied two charges relating to contract irregularities and impeding the inquiry. These matters will be dealt with at a later date.

What does "FA" stand for
So, predictably and sadly the FA have once again fudged a key decision and sent a signal out to the game of football in England that it is OK to cheat the rules as long as you don't get caught or in this case, don't get caught in time. The punishment handed out is a slap in the face for the Daggers, but also for everyone else out there who plays by the rules.

The penalty signals that the offences were of sufficient seriousness to merit a points deduction as well as a financial penalty. Not backdating that points deduction to the season that the offences occurred and letting Boston United keep the Conference championship and a spot in the Football League is frankly stunning incompetence.

As predicted, I am certain that there are many column inches to come on this matter.

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