The Club and its player Aryan Tajbakhsh have been charged by the FA for playing 2 games whilst ineligible through suspension. The charges arise from games initially played by Aryan on his joining the Club.
The Club through its own due diligence identified that Aryan’s former Clubs had not correctly reported his personal details when informing the FA of bookings incurred. The Club immediately informed the FA in January 2015 of the discrepancies and were told to not play the player in the next 2 matches and followed that advice. The Club were also informed that no further action would be taken against it.This was also notified by the FA to the Ryman League on 17th February 2015.
It was therefore disappointing to hear on Monday that the Club had been summoned to a hearing on Wednesday concerning the offence of playing the player whilst ineligible. Despite the late notice officers of the Club attended the hearing.
Despite the FA recognising:
- The Club (its officials and manager), had acted properly in carrying out the necessary checks;
- It had identified and highlighted the issue to the FA immediately;
- That the FA's own inadequate record system had led to this situation arising;
The decision of the Panel was to find both Club and Player guilty. There was no other penalty or costs awarded against the Club. The ramifications of this decision are yet to be decided. However it is likely under the Ryman League rules we will be deducted 3 points for a game when Aryan should according to the FA have been suspended.
We await the written reasons for the decision and the Club will, given the circumstances, be likely to appeal. We are bewildered at the decision given that it is accepted the Club did nothing wrong and it was impossible to know of the incorrect records made by other Clubs. We believe the stance of the FA on this matter has far reaching consequences for football and may encourage others not to report discrepancies in the future. We will of course keep you up to date with events.
We are sorry for the uncertainty this issue will cause to our many supporters that make this club unique. We urge that you all get behind Brad and the lads on Saturday.