Friday Sep 26, 2014

Forest Green Rovers FC recently requested the Football Conference to arrange a Personal Hearing to consider an alleged breach of Membership Rule 6.9 for fielding an ineligible (unregistered) Player in its match at Southport FC on Saturday 9 August 2014.

The Hearing was conducted at the Competition’s Birmingham Office on Friday, September 26th.

The Club accepted the charge and presented circumstances preceding the offence, in mitigation

The Club also asked the Conference Panel to consider exercising the discretionary element in the Rule that permitted the Competition to order a replay of the match.

The Panel carefully considered all the written evidence submitted prior to the Hearing and considered the Club’s verbal submission presented today.

It also considered the discretionary power available to it within Rule 6.9 before finding as follows:- Forest Green Rovers was found guilty of fielding an ineligible player on 9 August 2014 in its match at Southport.

The Club was fined £500.00 and had the three points it gained in the match, deducted from its League Table score.

The Panel considered but declined the Club’s request to have the match > replayed.

The above decision is subject to the Club’s right of Appeal to the  Football Association within 14 days of the date of written notification.

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