Results of Disciplinary Hearing - October 2017

Commission Panel: Ed Young (Chair), Wilton Holmes, Ralph Starkie

Case 1- Bedlington Juniors
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- £35 fine
Reasons- Illegal approach of players during the season.

Case 2- Blyth Spartans Juniors
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- Warned of future conduct
Reasons- Commission accepted the evidence provided from the club as mitigating circumstances. The commission felt the following statement from the referee to be sufficient finding BS guilty of entering the field of play but their actions did not warrant a charge in this situation. 'Blyth Spartans spectators and officials entered the field of play to assist in diffusing the situation and removing all spectators from the field.' The commission felt a warning to be sufficient in this matter.

Case 3 - Red House Farm
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- £40 fine
Reasons- The commission felt the following statement from the referee to be sufficient to find RHF guilty of entering the field of play. 'As I took a step back to watch and observe, a number of Red House Farm Eagles spectators entered the field of play to get involved. In my opinion they did not help diffuse the situation but added to it as I saw some punches thrown.' The commission felt the wording of the report to be unclear as to whom had 'thrown punches' so they chose not to include this in their decision. Due to the referee stating RHF spectators entering field of play and 'not helping to diffuse the situation' a low level fine has been issued.

Case 4 - Liam Anderson
Plea- Not Guilty
Sanction- £25 and 3 match suspension
Reasons- The commission accepted the statement provided from the club as evidence. The commission felt that the referee did feel intimidated and threatened during/after the game. Upon review of all evidence the commission were split in terms of sympathising with Mr Anderson's frustrations but were all in agreement Mr Anderson should not have continued after the game to attempt to approach the referee and should have been shown a red card.

Case 5 - Lee Watson
Plea- Not Guilty
Sanction- £25 and 3 match suspension
Reasons- The commission accepted the statement provided from the club as evidence. The commission felt that the referee did feel intimidated and threatened during/after the game. Mr Watson should not have continued after the game to attempt to approach the referee and should have been shown a red card.

Case 6 - Christopher Robinson
Plea- Not Guilty
Sanction- £15 and 1 match suspension
Reasons- The commission accepted the statements provided from the club. Upon review of all evidence the commission felt Mr Robinson did not reach the same levels of misconduct that Mr Anderson and Mr Watson. However the referee did state he felt unsafe and that Mr Robinson had to be 'held back' therefore a fine and match ban is sufficient.

Case 7 - Emma Saunders
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- £35 fine
Reason- Illegal approach of players during the season.

Case 8 - Kieran Short
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- 4 match suspension and £50 fine
Reason- The commission accepted the emails provided from the club and the guilty plea. Due to the statement not including any mitigating reasons in reference to the referee's report the commission have sanctioned a fine and suspension due to the conduct of the player during and after the game towards the referee.

Case 9 - Thomas Morton
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- 4 match suspension and £50 fine
Reason- The commission accepted the emails provided from the club and the guilty plea. Due to the statement not including any mitigating reasons in reference to the referee's report the commission have sanctioned a fine and suspension due to the threat made to an official.

Case 10 - Newcastle United Womens FC
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- £35 fine
Reason- Fined due to playing unaffiliated football.

Case 11 - North Shields
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- Warned of future conduct
Reason- The commission accepted the statement provided by the club. The evidence provided showing photos of a spectator on the pitch were enough for the case to be found proven. However discussions took place amongst the commission about the responsibility of safety when playing a cup final at a neutral ground. In this instance the commission ruled in majority to not sanction a punishment.

Case 12 - Prudhoe Town
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- £35 fine
Reason- Illegal approach a player while in season.

Case 13 - Stuart Coyle
Plea- Guilty
Sanction- £50 fine and 4 match suspension
Reason- The commission decided due to the nature of the tweet accusing a volunteer of cheating to be low level misconduct however once a picture of the person was uploaded also the sanction increased.

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