Darlington charged for not fulfilling fixture with Boston United

Darlington manager Alun Armstrong. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Darlington have been charged for not playing on Tuesday against Boston United.

The move comes amid the ongoing wait for the National League to announce the outcome of the current vote to determine if the season will continue.

Darlington, who have played 11 of their 42 league games, are among the clubs to have voted for the campaign to be declared null and void.

Clubs were issued voting slips on February 1 and given 28 days to respond, but if an outcome is decided prior to the deadline then it will be announced earlier.

Quakers are one of a number of clubs to have been charged recently for failing to fulfill fixtures, including Blyth Spartans, and the punishment that awaits remains unclear.

However, a National League statement indicated “just cause” would be taken into account in mitigation and that no fines or points deduction had yet been imposed.

Published last week, the statement read: “Many things have been written regarding charges recently raised in connection for non-fulfilment of fixtures under League Rules.

“It may be helpful to explain that this process is merely a mechanism for the League to deal with each of the occasions for non-fulfilment. No fines or sanctions have been raised or recommended and this will be considered at the next stage.

“An Independent Panel will be appointed to hear each case and it will be at this stage the issue of “just cause” as outlined in the rule will be objectively assessed in each case based on the evidence before them.

“In the interest of fairness of all parties, the cases will not be heard until such time as the outcome of the resolutions are known.

“It is important that the framework in place is followed in a consistent manner in all cases and Clubs are able to make their representations appropriately and fairly.

“The League will not make any comment during the process on individual cases in fairness to all Clubs but will issue the outcomes and reasons for the decisions following their conclusions.

“Should Clubs remain unsatisfied with the outcome they will also all have the opportunity to appeal the decision directly to The Football Association which will be heard by a further Independent Panel in line with The FA Rules and Regulations.”

On Saturday, Darlington are scheduled to face AFC Fylde at home, and then go to Spennymoor Town on Tuesday, but neither fixture is likely to go ahead.

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