newspapers in the Boston and Lincolnshire area are reporting that Steve Evans
and Pat Malkinson, "formerly of Boston United", have been found guilty
of the most serious charges against them by the FA.
The pair faced six remaining charges regarding lodging false contracts and
impeding the FA enquiry that were heard at two sessions in November at The City
Ground, Nottingham and in December at the Hawthorns, West Bromwich. Evans had
already pleaded guilty to four charges of lodging false contracts in the summer.
The FA has yet to make any comment on the story, but Evans has, it appears,
as usual, tried to get his retaliation in first by speaking to the press.
The Boston Now website is reporting here:
Former Boston United manager Steve Evans has been found guilty of two charges of allegedly offering a player £8,000 to impede an FA enquiry.
Evans faced four charges but was cleared of two charges of lodging player contracts with false details.
A statement issued by Evans read: "I have been notified by the Football Association that I have been found guilty of the most serious charges but I passionately maintain my innocence and an appeal will be lodged on my behalf immediately.
"I believe the appeal body will consider fairly the numerous and quite extraordinary events in the conduct of the Football Association's investigation of this case and in due course I will be exonerated."
It is believed Evans is suggesting alleged evidence involving two of the players caught up in the case was not allowed to be heard at the enquiry.
He added: "On the advice of my lawyers I have nothing else to say at this time."
Former chairman Pat Malkinson was also found guilty on two charges, one of lodging falsified contracts and the other for his part in the alleged £8,000 offer.
Mr Malkinson said: "My legal advisers are considering my options having regard to the way in which the hearing was conducted.
Until I have received further advice from them it is inappropriate that I should make any comment."
The FA's punishments will be announced on January 29. The FA were unavailable for comment at the time of going to press.
BBC Lincolnshire also carries the statements from Evans and Malkinson here.
If true as reported Evans is now guilty of six of the eight charges that were
placed on him personally by the FA as long ago as July. Despite all the
bleatings of his innocence he has already admitted four of the charges and is
now guilty of the two most serious ones of impeding the FA.
Still there is no end in sight to all this though, with the inevitable Evans
appeal and the FA not intending to say anything until the end of January.
DiggerDagger will continue following the story with interest.