Anorak | Hereford United debacle continues as club suspended by FA

Hereford United debacle continues as club suspended by FA

by | 11th, December 2014

THE mess that has befallen the supporters of Hereford United took a fresh turn today, as the club have now been suspended “from all football activity” by the FA.

Hereford and club official Alan McCarthy have been punished for failure to comply with regulations under the owners’ and directors’ test and a statement from the FA said: “Having failed to comply with the orders of the Independent Regulatory Commission, both Hereford United and Alan McCarthy are suspended from all football and football activity with immediate effect.”

“The club and Mr McCarthy, Officer of Hereford United FC, were ordered to fully and correctly comply with their obligations under the Owners’ and Directors’ Test Regulations by 4pm on Thursday 4 December 2014.”

“Following consideration of a document submitted by the club, the Independent Regulatory Commission gave the parties until 4pm on Monday 8 December 2014 to submit further documentation to satisfy the orders of the Commission. Having failed to provide the requested further documentation by the deadline, both Hereford United and Mr McCarthy shall remain suspended until such time as the order of the Independent Regulatory Commission has been complied with to the satisfaction of the Commission.”

“The FA understands the importance of football clubs to their local communities and will continue to work with all relevant parties to ensure senior football returns to Hereford at the earliest opportunity, although this will be contingent on the club complying with the Regulations and subsequent orders of the Independent Regulatory Commission.”

While this looks like bad news, there’ll be some Bulls’ fans who will be pleased at this development, as they’ve been protesting against unfit owners for a long time.

Over at protest blog, We Want Our Club Back , they’ve long railed against the people in the boardroom at Edgar Street, notably the chairman Andrew Lonsdale and the rest of his team. At the Twitter account, Save Edgar Street , fans are chasing councillors for answers about what happens next.

Protests have seen mock funerals and supporters boycotting games while sharing their plight on social media and to anyone who will listen.



Now that Alpha Choice Finance, a company that is described as a “purchaser of distressed debts,” has been removed from the football club by the FA, after former owner Tommy Agombar failed the FA’s fit and proper person’s test, chairman Andy Lonsdale has now taken over the club. Hardly ideal.

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