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Football: Holt United could lose FA Charter Standard and Dorset Premier League status after mass brawl
HOLT United could be stripped of their FA Charter Standard status and removed from the Dorset Premier League following a brawl at the end of a league fixture in April.
The Dorset County FA today confirmed that Holt or representatives of the club had been found guilty of five misconduct charges relating to an incident after their home fixture with Hamworthy Recreation on Wednesday, April 9.
A representative of Holt was found guilty of a sixth misconduct charge in relation to the subsequent investigation with one charge against a Hamworthy Recreation player dismissed following disciplinary hearings.
Dorset Premier League rules state that: “When a club reaches/surpasses 80 (disciplinary) penalty points and/or reaches/exceeds six misconducts, the team (and subsequent affiliated club) will automatically lose their FA Charter Standard status and be unable to play in the DPL for the following season.”
It is understood that Holt had already amassed disciplinary points prior to the incident which saw police called to their Petersham Lane home.
It was established that a man had suffered chipped teeth and a fractured cheek bone in an alleged attack but no criminal charges were actioned.
The cases were heard on May 14 and appeals over any of the verdicts would have needed to be lodged with the FA within 14 days.
A representative of Holt reported that dialogue with the relevant bodies was ongoing but could not confirm whether official appeals had been submitted, while the FA said they had “no record of any appeals” from the club.
Dorset Premier League secretary Giles Kilshawe-Fall politely declined to comment with the matter still potentially subject to appeal.
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