FA VASE 2013/2014
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Spalding United FC Statement re FA Vase (06.12.13)
Having failed to overturn the decision to remove the Tulips from this season's FA Vase, the club has released the following Statement...
On Thursday 5th December 2013 members of Spalding United Football Club and their appointed representative attended an Appeal Hearing with an FA Select Appeal Committee at Wembley Stadium, where they sought to reverse an FA Vase Sub-Committee’s earlier decision (taken on Tuesday 3rd December 2013) to remove the club from the 2013/14 FA Vase competition, following a charge they had fielded an ineligible player during the 2nd Round match at Walsall Wood FC on Saturday 16th November 2013.
It is with huge sadness the club has to announce that, in spite of it presenting strong & compelling evidence in it’s defence and having the FA Select Appeal Committee accept that the club had acted throughout with honesty and integrity, the FA Select Appeal Committee were not prepared to reverse the earlier decision of the FA Vase Sub-Committee in support of the fact that Spalding United had not knowingly fielded an ineligible player during the match in question.
The Directors and Board of Spalding United FC would like it known that, though devastated at the club’s removal from this season’s FA Vase competition, they reaffirm their wholehearted commitment to the club as it strives for honours on several fronts this season. They also hope that fans and sponsors continue to show the same fantastic levels of support for Tulips’ management & players in their ongoing efforts to gain promotion and win silverware in 2013/14.
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Bitton AFC are awaiting The FA’s verdict on their FA Vase fate following the abandonment of Saturday’s third-round tie at Portsmouth's Moneyfields.
Referee M Hayden called the game to a premature halt ten minutes into extra time after reports off a mass brawl involving players and spectators.
Bitton manager Paul Britton said the club are expecting to be told of the FA’s decision on the game today, which could result in both teams being thrown out of the competition.
“There was a challenge and it did look quite a bad one from where we were. When their player got up he walked all over our player, you could still see the marks from his boots after,” said Britton.
Britton said the brawl quickly died down and that the police were not called but added that the actions of the Moneyfields supporters had not helped the incident.
“It was calmed down pretty quickly and the players were keen to get on with it but I think the referee abandoned the game because of his own safety,” said Britton.
“The players all went into the bar after the game to have their food and there was no problem between the teams but their supporters were very threatening and abusive.
“We went there fully aware of what to expect.
“We did our research on them and I spoke to Odd Down manager Terry Moore before the game and he told me they were an intimidating team and it would be an intimidating atmosphere.
“It was a very competitive game and no one was holding back. They had a player sent off in the first 20 minutes but there could have been a few more after that as well.
“The referee had to deal with a very difficult game. He didn’t get a lot of help from his assistants and I have absolute no axe to grind with him. He did a good job in the situation he was in.”
Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford told Portsmouth's The News he would be disappointed if his side were thrown out of the competition.
“It was no more than handbags but the referee abandoned the game,” said Rutherford.
“It is a nightmare.
“If we get kicked out of the FA Vase for this then you have to start questioning what is the point.”
TO BE DECIDED:
Brighouse / Whickham v West Auckland Town
Moneyfields / Bitton AFC v Hadleigh United