Banned For Life?

Slowly but surely, the new season is starting to come to life. Players are starting to sign for their new clubs, the pre-season matches are coming to an end, and by next weekend we’ll be off and running in the Football League and the Conference. For one amateur club, however, not only the new season has come to an end before a ball has been kicked but, at present, the entire playing squad have been banned for life. The FA have spent quite a while making a big deal of their new “respect agenda”, and the decision taken in this would seem to indicate that they have instructed their county subsiduaries to come down hard on clubs that break the rules. It all started to go wrong for Birmingham-based club Hall Green Colts when they had a player sent off in a match in the Coronation Sunday Football League last season. The ejected player had been sent off for abusing a match official, and rather took objection to the red card that he was given. He reportedly came back onto the pitch and spat in the face of the unfortunate official. What happened next beggars belief. According to a report in this morning’s “Non-League Today”, the club deliberately refused to submit a report to the county FA, meaning that perpetrator couldn’t be identified. With this in mind, the FA...

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