Hollands & Blair have released this statement after the FA found them guilty of breaching their competition rules.
“On Monday 8 February 2021 the club received the written confirmation of the FA Cup sub-committee ruling regarding an alleged breach of FA Cup Rule 7(f). This relates to the un-played cup tie against Burgess Hill.
In their conclusion the above committee state:
“Having given all of the evidence before them due consideration, including the Clubs admission of the charge, the Members found the charge of a breach of FA Cup Rule 7(f), proven, in so much that Hollands & Blair FC had failed to fulfil the above match, in breach of Competition Rules.”
This decision is ‘Final and Binding’ meaning there is no possibility of an appeal.
The outcome is that Hollands and Blair FC must repay the losing side award of £481.00 which was paid to us. The Club is also warned as to its future conduct.
The opponents will receive £250 to offset any expenses they had for the fixture
The Executive Committee met (via Zoom) to consider the decision and agreed that although the decision not to play the game was made with the best interests of the health and safety of our players and coaching staff in mind they nevertheless accept and will be bound by the FAs findings.”