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Stevenage cleared of EFL charge by Commission

7 May 2020

Jim Steele

In a hearing by video conference on Thursday, 23rd April, Stevenage FC was cleared of all charges by a Disciplinary Commission and has made a submission for costs against the EFL...

Charges were brought against Stevenage by the EFL under Regs 31.1 and 3.4, with the EFL demanding a points deduction and £15,000 fine, following a complaint by Oldham Athletic after Stevenage obtained EFL permission to postpone the fixture between the two clubs on 16th November 2019, due to three international call ups.

After more than seven hours of testimony and cross examinations, the Commission announced their decision dismissing the charge and therefore finding that no sanctions were to be applied against the Club.

Stevenage Chairman Phil Wallace said, “This case should never have been brought in the first place. As it was, we had to endure an all-day hearing by video with both sides represented by barristers, before the Commission cleared us of all charges.

“The length of time the Commission took to reach this conclusion – 15 minutes -  says everything about the case. We are greatly indebted to Nick De Marco QC who represented us in the hearing and who did such an excellent job to ensure that justice was done.”

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