THE FOLLOWING TWO PRESS STATEMENTS ARE RELEASED TODAY 13TH DECEMBER 2010, FOLLOWING A MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS IN LONDON, IN RESPECT OF MATTERS CONCERNING THREE PREMIER DIVISION CLUBS.
1. The Board of the Football Conference confirm that both Kidderminster Harriers FC and Histon FC have been charged with misconduct under Rule 18. These charges relate to allegations of submitting misleading financial information.
Each club will within the next two weeks formally appear before an independent commission who will adjudicate on the evidence to be heard.
2. Mansfield Town FC has been instructed by the Board of the Football Conference, that while they are sympathetic to recent events, nevertheless the integrity of the competition must remain paramount in the interest of all member clubs.
As a consequence of information received from the club and its solicitor, the club is required no later than 5pm on Monday 20 December to notify the Conference, of where it will meet the obligation under rule, to fulfil its scheduled Boxing Day home fixture and all home fixtures thereafter.
The rules of the competition are quite clear. If the ground upon which they were admitted to membership is no longer available to stage their home fixtures, then Mansfield Town can only fulfil future fixtures at a ground on which they intend to play such fixtures, which is certified as having an “A” grade qualification. Failure to meet this requirement will not only impinge on issues which relate to competition rules on membership criteria, but other associated matters including, though not limited to, promotion regulations to the Football League.
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