Discipline charges, responses and suspensions for July 2020

The FA

30 July 2020

INCIDENTS OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING
Gary Roberts, Player, Chester FC 

Breach of FA Rule E8 - Misconduct in respect of 479 bets placed and 1 attempted bet on football matches between 11 August 2015 to 18 February 2020 and 1 attempted bet placed on football matches on 19 February 2020.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

Result
£200 fine

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING
Matthew Bevans, Academy Coach, Watford FC

Breach of FA Rule E8 – Misconduct in respect of 3,353 bets placed on football matches between 21 November 2015 to 03 November 2019.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

Result
6 month suspension from all football and football related activity
£450 fine

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING
Alfie Burden, Goalkeeping Coach, Hendon FC 

Breach of FA Rule E8 – Misconduct in respect of 72 bets placed on football matches between 28 November 2019 to 21 January 2020.

Charge Admitted- Paper Hearing requested 
Result
3 month suspension from all football and football related activity
£300 fine

28 July 2020

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING 
Luke Hirst, Player, Unregistered 

Breach of FA Rule E8 - Misconduct in respect of 538 bets placed on football matches between 24 June 2019 to 17 February 2020.

The Participant has until 11 August 2020 to respond. 

INCIDENTS OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO INTERMEDIARY ACTIVITY 
Juwon Aarons, Registered Intermediary 

Breach of FA Rule E1(b) - It is alleged that the Participant entered into Representation Contracts with minors without ‘additional authorisation’ to deal with minors.

The Participant has until 12 August 2020 to respond. 

Claim of Wrongful Dismissal & Excessive Punishment 

Rico Henry- Brentford FC 
Swansea City FC v Brentford FC
EFL Championship 
Play Off Semi Final-First Leg
26th July 2020

Serious Foul Play.

Result 
Appeal Upheld
3 match suspension removed

22 July 2020

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO INTERMEDIARY ACTIVITY 
David Cocoracchio, Registered Intermediary

Breach of FA Rule E1(b) - It is alleged that the Participant entered into a Representation Contract with a minor without ‘additional authorisation’ to deal with minors.

The Participant has until 6 August 2020 to respond. 

20 July 2020

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING
Sam Collins, Player, Unregistered

Breach of FA Rule E8 - Misconduct in respect of 288 bets placed on football matches between 15th August 2015 and 8th March 2020.

The Participant has until 4 August 2020 to respond.

INCIDENT OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION OF MATCH OFFICIALS BUT REPORTED TO THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE  
Gregory Young, Player, Grantham Town FC

Whitby Town FC v Mickleover Sports FC
Northern Premier League – Premier Division
3 March 2020

Two breaches of FA Rule E3: 

1) It is alleged that the Participant’s language and/or behaviour following the Participant’s dismissal amounts to improper conduct; and
2) It is alleged that in or around the changing rooms following the end of the fixture the Participant used abusive and/or insulting words towards a Match Official and/or the Participant’s behaviour was improper.

The Participant has until 4 August 2020 to respond.

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
George Borg, Manager, Braintree Town FC

Billericay Town FC v Braintree Town FC
National League – South
7 March 2020

Three breaches of FA Rule E3: 

1) It is alleged that the Participant’s behaviour towards the Match Referee following the Participant’s dismissal amounts to improper and/or
violent conduct;
2) It is alleged that the Participant’s behaviour in and around the match officials’ changing room after the end of the fixture amounts to improper conduct; and
3) It is alleged that the Participant’s behaviour towards the Assistant Referee in or around the changing room area after the end of the fixture amounts to improper and/or violent conduct.

The Participant has until 4 August 2020 to respond.

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON-FAST TRACK) – STANDARD CASE
John McGrath, Manager, Mickleover Sports FC

Ashton United FC v Mickleover Sports FC
Northern Premier League – Premier Division
10 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s language in or around the changing room area following the end of the fixture amounts to improper conduct.

The Participant has until 4 August 2020 to respond.

17 July 2020

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO MEDIA COMMENTS – NON STANDARD CASE
Tom Pope, Player, Port Vale FC

Breach of FA Rule E3(2) - It is alleged that comments made by the Participant, were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute. It is further alleged that this breach of Rule E3(1) is an “Aggravated Breach” as defined in Rule E3(2), as it includes (express or implied) reference to race and/or religion and/or ethnic origin.

Charge Denied- Personal Hearing Requested 

Result
Proven
6 Match Suspension 
£3500 fine 
Face to Face Education Course

14 July 2020

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING
Karnell Chambers, Player, Chippenham Town FC

Breach of FA Rule E8 - Misconduct in respect of 317 bets placed on football matches between 08 October 2015 to 12 January 2020.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Regan Ganley, Player, Sutton Coldfield Town FC 

Glossop North End FC v Sutton Coldfield Town FC
Northern Premier League – South East 
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s conduct at the end of the fixture was violent and/or improper.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Neil Tooth, Manager, Sutton Coldfield Town FC 

Glossop North End FC v Sutton Coldfield Town FC
Northern Premier League – South East 
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s language and/or behaviour on the field of play following the end of the fixture amounts to improper conduct.

Charge denied – Paper Hearing requested. 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Lewis Gwilliams, Player, Sutton Coldfield Town FC 

Glossop North End FC v Sutton Coldfield Town FC
Northern Premier League – South East 
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s conduct at the end of the fixture was violent and/or improper.

Charge denied – Personal Hearing requested. 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON FAST TRACK)- NON STANDARD CHARGE
Braulio Maeico, Player, Glossop North End FC 

Glossop North End FC v Sutton Coldfield Town FC
Northern Premier League – South East 
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s conduct at the end of the fixture was violent and/or improper.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

MASS CONFRONTATION (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Sutton Coldfield Town FC, Northern Premier League – South East 

Glossop North End FC v Sutton Coldfield Town FC
Northern Premier League – South East 
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E20(a) - It is alleged that on the field of play following the end of the fixture, Sutton Coldfield Town FC failed to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

MASS CONFRONTATION (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Glossop North End FC, Northern Premier League – South East 

Glossop North End FC v Sutton Coldfield Town FC
Northern Premier League – South East 
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E20(a) - It is alleged that on the field of play following the end of the fixture, Glossop North End FC failed to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour.

Charge denied – Paper Hearing requested. 

INCIDENT OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION OF MATCH OFFICIALS BUT REPORTED TO THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION – NON STANDARD (FAST TRACK 2)
Paddy Madden, Player, Fleetwood Town FC

Fleetwood Town FC v Wycombe Wanderers FC
English Football League One – Playoff Semi Final – First Leg
3 July 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that in or around the 85th minute, following the Participant’s dismissal, the Participant’s language and/or behaviour was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

Result 
2 Match Suspension
£2500 fine

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING
Lewis Manor, Player, Unregistered

Breach of FA Rule E8 - Misconduct under FA Rule E1(b) in respect of 1,158 bets placed on football matches between 29 August 2015 to 14 March 2020.

The Participant has until 17 July 2020 to respond.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

Result 
9 month suspension from all football and football related activity 
£100 fine 

INCIDENTS OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO INTERMEDIARY ACTIVITY 
Thomas Weston, Registered Intermediary

Two breaches of FA Rule E1(b) – It is alleged that the Participant entered into representation contracts with minors without ‘additional authorisation’ to deal with minors, contrary to Regulation 3.1 at Appendix II – Registration of Intermediaries. It is further alleged that the representation contracts were not counter signed by a parent or guardian, contrary to Regulation B.9. of The FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries. 

The Participant has until 3 July 2020 to respond. 
Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

Result
20 week suspension from all intermediary activity
£350 fine 

13 July 2020

Claim of Wrongful Dismissal

Danny Fox, Wigan Athletic FC
Barnsley FC v Wigan Athletic FC
EFL Championship
11th July 2020

Serious Foul Play.

Result 
Claim dismissed
3 match suspension remains 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING 
Joe Robinson, Player, Newmarket Town FC

Breach of FA Rule E8 - in respect of 932 bets placed on football matches between 11 June 2016 to 23 July 2019.

The Participant has until 21st November 2019 to respond. 

Result 
10 Month Suspension from All Football and Football Related Activity
£100 fine 

10 July 2020

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Chris Noone, Player, Witton Albion FC

Morpeth Town FC v Witton Albion FC
Northern Premier League – Premier Division
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s conduct on or around the field of play following the conclusion of the fixture was violent and/or improper.

The Participant has until 18 June 2020 to respond. 

Result 
4 Match Suspension
£150 Fine 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Stephen Shaw, Physiotherapist, Morpeth Town FC

Morpeth Town FC v Witton Albion FC
Northern Premier League – Premier Division
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s  conduct on or around the field of play following the conclusion of the fixture was violent and/or improper.

The Participant has until 18 June 2020 to respond. 

Result 
5 Match Ground Ban 
£150 Fine 

MASS CONFRONTATION (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Witton Albion FC, Northern Premier League – Premier Division

Morpeth Town FC v Witton Albion FC
Northern Premier League – Premier Division
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E20(a) - It is alleged that on the field of play following the end of the fixture, Witton Albion FC failed to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour.

The Club have until 18 June 2020 to respond. 

Result 
£300 fine 

MASS CONFRONTATION (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Morpeth Town FC, Northern Premier League – Premier Division

Morpeth Town FC v Witton Albion FC
Northern Premier League – Premier Division
7 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E20(a) - It is alleged that on the field of play following the end of the fixture, Morpeth Town FC failed to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative and/or violent behaviour.

The Club have until 18 June 2020 to respond. 

Result 
£300 fine 

9 July 2020

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO INTERMEDIARY ACTIVITY 
Stephen Harrison, Registered Intermediary

Breach of FA Rule E1(b) - It is alleged that the Participant conducted Intermediary Activity without having entered into a validly executed representation contract.

Charge admitted – Personal Hearing requested. 

Result
6 week suspension from all intermediary activity. Last four weeks of suspension suspended for 12 months.
£100 Fine 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO INTERMEDIARY ACTIVITY 
Tim Bailey, Registered Intermediary

Breach of FA Rule E1(b) - It is alleged that the Participant entered into a Representation Contract and failed to lodge it with The Association.

Charge admitted – Personal Hearing requested. 

Result
6 week suspension from all football and football related activity. Last 2 weeks of suspension suspended for 12 months.
£500 fine 

Claim of Wrongful Dismissal & Excessive Punishment
Eddie Nketiah, Arsenal FC
Arsenal FC v Leicester City FC
Premier League
7th July 2020

Serious Foul Play.

RESULT
WD: Dismissed
EX: Dismissed
3 match suspension remains in place.

Claim of Wrongful Dismissal & Excessive Punishment
Louie Sibley, Derby County FC
West Bromwich Albion FC v Derby County FC
EFL Championship
8 July 2020

Violent Conduct.

RESULT
WD: Upheld
3 match suspension removed
8 July 2020
MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING
Kyle Cassell, Player, Unregistered

Breach of FA Rule E8 - Misconduct in respect of 789 bets placed on football matches between 10 November 2014 to 26 January 2020.

The Participant has until 22 July 2020 to respond. 

MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO INTERMEDIARY ACTIVITY 
Ian Newman. Registered Intermediary 

Breach of FA Rule E1 (b) - It is alleged that the Participant entered into a Representation Contract with a minor without ‘additional authorisation’ to deal with minors.

The Participant has until 23 July 2020 to respond. 

MASS CONFRONTATION (FAST TRACK 2) – STANDARD CASE
Swansea City FC, English Football League Championship 

Swansea City FC v Luton Town FC
English Football League Championship
27 June 2020

Breach of FA Rule E20(a) - It is alleged that in or around the 83rd minute of the fixture, Swansea City FC failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

Charge admitted – Standard Penalty 1 contested. 

Result
£5000 fine 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO INTERMEDIARY ACTIVITY 
Samuel Stapleton, Registered Intermediary

Breach of FA Rule E1(b) - It is alleged that the Participant approached a minor in respect of Intermediary Activity without the prior consent of a parent or legal guardian contrary to Regulation B.8.(II) of The FA Regulations on Working with Intermediaries.

Charge admitted – Personal Hearing requested. 

Result
6 weeks suspension from intermediary activity. Last 4 weeks of suspension suspended for 12 months.
£1000 fine 

6 July 2020

MASS CONFRONTATION (FAST TRACK 2) – STANDARD CASE
Luton Town FC, English Football League Championship 

Swansea City FC v Luton Town FC
English Football League Championship
27 June 2020

Breach of FA Rule E20(a) - It is alleged that in or around the 83rd minute of the fixture, Luton Town FC failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

Charge admitted – Standard Penalty 1 accepted (£5,000 fine).

3 July 2020

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (FAST TRACK 2) – NON STANDARD CASE
Eric Dier, Player, Tottenham Hotspur FC

Tottenham Hotspur FC v Norwich City FC
The FA Cup
4 March 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s actions at the conclusion of the fixture were improper and/or threatening.  

Charge partially admitted 

RESULT
Denied element (threatening) proven
4 match suspension 
£40,000 fine
Warned to future conduct

2 July 2020

INCIDENT ON THE FIELD OF PLAY WHICH FALLS WITHIN LAW 12, WHICH WAS NOT SEEN BY MATCH OFFICIALS, BUT WAS CAUGHT ON VIDEO
Paul Huntingdon, Player, Preston North End FC 

Preston North End FC v Derby County FC 
English Football League Championship
1 July 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that the Participant’s behaviour in or around the 17th minute of the fixture constitutes violent conduct.

Charge admitted – Automatic Penalty accepted (3 match suspension). 

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT IN RELATION TO BETTING
Michael Bath, Senior Gardener, Arsenal FC

Breach of FA Rule E8 - Misconduct under FA Rule E1(b) in respect of 562 bets placed on football matches between 31 March 2017 to 28 December 2019.

Charge admitted – Paper Hearing requested. 

Result
6 month suspension from all football and football related activity. Last 4 months suspended for 18 months provided no further breaches of FA Rule E8 (or its equivalent).
£750 Fine

INCIDENT OF MISCONDUCT (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON STANDARD CASE
Wayne Mew, Chairman, AFC Totton 

AFC Totton v Highworth Town FC
Southern League – Division One South
22 February 2020

Breach of FA Rule E3 - It is alleged that in or around the main bar area following the end of the above fixture the Participant’s language and/or behaviour was improper.

Result
2 match ground ban 
£200 Fine 

MASS CONFRONTATION (NON-FAST TRACK) – NON-STANDARD CASE
Pontefract Collieries FC, Northern Premier League – North West 

Marine FC v Pontefract Collieries FC 
Northern Premier League – North West 
9 November 2019

Breach of FA Rule E20(a) - It is alleged that following the conclusion of the fixture, in or around the tunnel area, Pontefract Collieries FC failed to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

The Club have until 20 December 2019 to respond. 

Result
£200 fine 

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