Ilkeston FC charged with failing to fulfill fixtures as suspension drags on

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Ilkeston FC’s suspention from the Norhern Premier Leaguue shows no sign of being lifted.

The Robins have had three games cancelled already this season following the ban and are due to face Stourbridge tomorrow night,

But NPL bosses say the club have still not made payments to creditors and cannot have their licence re-instated.

The club have also been charged with three counts of failing to fulfull a fixture.

A full statement on the NPL website read: “Further to previous statements issued by the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League, the competition is yet to receive evidence of payment to creditors by Ilkeston FC.

“The club’s licence was suspended following charges brought as a result of breaches of league Rule 40/Appendix F, a breach of rule 11 in relation to Football Creditors and a breach of licensing regulation 1.4. The club pleaded guilty to all charges.

“The licensing scheme has been introduced by the Football Association for season 2016-17, under which every club operating at Steps 1 - 4 of the National League System must have a valid licence.

“Ilkeston FC were advised that continued failure to supply evidence of payments being made to football and other creditors including the league would result in the suspension of the licence. The decision to suspend Ilkeston FC’s licence was subsequently taken by the board of the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League.

As a result of this suspension, in accordance with licensing regulation 1.6, “… the Club cannot participate in the Competition … until the expiry of seven days from the day of the default is remedied, unless otherwise agreed by the Competition. If the Competition refuse or withdraw a Licence then that club cannot participate in the Competition.

“In order for the league’s board to review this decision, supporting evidence relating to payments made are required from the club. To date, none has been received despite several requests.

“Consequently, the club’s licence remains suspended and, in accordance with FA rules, Ilkeston FC, has therefore been charged under league rule 8.6 with three counts of failing to fulfill a fixture.

“Rule 8.6 states that “… any Club … failing to fulfill an engagement to play a Competition match on the appointed date shall for each offence be liable to expulsion from the Competition and/or such other disciplinary action the Board may determine.””

“The charges will be heard by a League Panel on Wednesday 31st August 2016. The EVO-STIK Northern Premier League will not be making any further statement until after this date.”