FA hit St Albans City with points deduction and fine

The Football Association has concluded its investigation into possible financial irregularities at St Albans City and found the Conference South club guilty on three counts.

The club has been hit with an immediate ten point deduction, which takes Steve Castle’s side to the foot of Conference South.

The FA has also hit the club with a £7,500 fine, plus costs.

The statement went on to say, ‘In summing up, the Chairman of the Regulatory Commission had serious concerns over the financial irregularities within the Club during the 2008-2009 season. Such irregularities enabled the Club to have an unfair sporting advantage over others within the League, which is simply unacceptable.’ The club was also warned as to its future behaviour.

Prior to the meeting, a small group of supporters stood outside the FA offices at Wembley looking to persuade the commission to take action against the person they hold responsible for the financial irregularities, City chairman John Gibson, rather than the club.

But, other than for warning the club with regard to its future behaviour, no action was taken against the club chairman by the FA.

At present, there is no news of St Albans City launching an appeal.

For manager Steve Castle this is the latest in a series of blows that have seen him overcome a player registration ban during the 2009-10 season, due to an unpaid tax bill, while last December a number of player’s cheques bounced.

Speaking after hearing the FA verdict, Castle said he ‘was gutted but defiant.’

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8:13pm Fri 4 Feb 11

gaz2 says...

shame on you john gibson
shame on you oaklands college
shame on you st albans council
and shame on you FA for still allowing the corrupt chairman to run our football club into the ground
shame on you john gibson shame on you oaklands college shame on you st albans council and shame on you FA for still allowing the corrupt chairman to run our football club into the ground gaz2
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10:31am Sat 5 Feb 11

peterpan1946 says...

This is bad news for St Albans Football Club who now seem likely to be relegated to The Ryman League next season.
It is unfair on the present player's and those supporters who work so hard behind the scene's to help the club.
The Chairman SHOULD do the decent thing and resign.
I would like to add that I started going to watch them at the start of this season but due to the poor standard of football do not now bother.
This is bad news for St Albans Football Club who now seem likely to be relegated to The Ryman League next season. It is unfair on the present player's and those supporters who work so hard behind the scene's to help the club. The Chairman SHOULD do the decent thing and resign. I would like to add that I started going to watch them at the start of this season but due to the poor standard of football do not now bother. peterpan1946
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7:08pm Sat 5 Feb 11

Gramsci says...

John Gibson has a total disregard for people. He has bankrupted Verry Construction and now St Albans City FC.

Now acting as a consultant for Leadbitter on the Oaklands college project he his able to fill his pockets off the back of his incompetencies. St Albans City FC is simply a tool for Gibson to get wealthier at the expense of the community. He is a parasite on society.

Why he has not been banned from both football and the construction industry is an outrage.
John Gibson has a total disregard for people. He has bankrupted Verry Construction and now St Albans City FC. Now acting as a consultant for Leadbitter on the Oaklands college project he his able to fill his pockets off the back of his incompetencies. St Albans City FC is simply a tool for Gibson to get wealthier at the expense of the community. He is a parasite on society. Why he has not been banned from both football and the construction industry is an outrage. Gramsci
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7:08pm Sat 5 Feb 11

Gramsci says...

John Gibson has a total disregard for people. He has bankrupted Verry Construction and now St Albans City FC.

Now acting as a consultant for Leadbitter on the Oaklands college project he his able to fill his pockets off the back of his incompetencies. St Albans City FC is simply a tool for Gibson to get wealthier at the expense of the community. He is a parasite on society.

Why he has not been banned from both football and the construction industry is an outrage.
John Gibson has a total disregard for people. He has bankrupted Verry Construction and now St Albans City FC. Now acting as a consultant for Leadbitter on the Oaklands college project he his able to fill his pockets off the back of his incompetencies. St Albans City FC is simply a tool for Gibson to get wealthier at the expense of the community. He is a parasite on society. Why he has not been banned from both football and the construction industry is an outrage. Gramsci
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7:10pm Sat 5 Feb 11

Arthur Strong says...

Gibson clearly needs to go. But who's going to want to take over a club with a Supporter's Trust?

With utmost respect to those behind the trust, any potential buyer will be put off by what they will see as (however inaccurate) interfering train-spotter types. This would be a little unfair in my opinion.
Gibson clearly needs to go. But who's going to want to take over a club with a Supporter's Trust? With utmost respect to those behind the trust, any potential buyer will be put off by what they will see as (however inaccurate) interfering train-spotter types. This would be a little unfair in my opinion. Arthur Strong
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