At a personal hearing at Wembley yesterday the Football Association made a finding that the player Joel Barnett had played for both Thurrock FC and Tilbury FC in season 2012-13 whilst under a sine die suspension.
Following this hearing the Clubs had a personal hearing before a sub-committee of the Board of Directors when both Clubs were found guilty of playing an ineligible player in breach of Rule 6.9.
Accordingly, both Clubs have been fined and in the case of Thurrock FC the Club will have the 3 points gained from the matches in which the player played deducted from its total; in the case of Tilbury FC the deduction is 18 points.
Both Clubs are entitled to appeal both the decision of the Football Association and the consequent decision of the League and pending such appeal Thurrock FC are placed in a relegation position and if unsuccessful with an appeal Thurrock FC will be placed in Division One North for season 2013-2014, Sittingbourne FC will be transferred back to Division One South and Carshalton Athletic FC will be reprieved and will remain in the Premier Division.
No further comment will be issued by the League pending any appeals.