Football Association has confirmed the punishments handed out to Steve
Evans (right, picture courtesy of Adam Upsall of BostonFever.com) and Pat
Malkinson, respectively former manager and chairman of Boston United Football Club.
A statement, published at the FA
"This afternoon the Disciplinary Commission dealing with the cases of
Steve Evans and Pat Malkinson concerning their involvement in matters relating
to the affairs of Boston United FC, imposed the following penalties:
In the case of Steve Evans, a full suspension for a period of 20 months
commencing 3rd March 2003, a fine of £8000 and a contribution towards the cost
of the Commission.
In the case of Pat Malkinson, a suspension for 13 months commencing 3rd March
2003, a fine of £5250 and a contribution to the Commission's costs.
At a hearing on 23rd December 2002, a Disciplinary Commission found Evans guilty
of two charges of misleading and impeding an FA investigation.
The charges referred specifically to Evans facilitating a payment of £8000 to a
witness to attempt to mislead, impede and frustrate the enquiry, and making
efforts for another witness to similarly mislead the enquiry by telling untruths
to the investigation, although on that occasion no money was involved.
As part of the same hearing, Malkinson was also found guilty of facilitating the
£8000 payment described above, and of a further charge relating to contract
The Football Association will not make any further comment in relation to these
proceedings at this stage."
It is understood that the pair have 4 weeks in which to lodge an appeal,
Given Evans' record it is likely that he will appeal despite the risk that the
punishment could be increased as a result.
News agency Ananova is reporting (here)
that current Boston chairman Des Wood is unsurprised at the punishment handed
out. Wood is quoted as saying
"I was at the hearing several times and the outcome does not surprise me,
it is the least I expected."
He also said "I am disappointed for them as they put a lot of effort
into getting the club into the position it is but not always in the right way.
They have both fallen on their own swords."