Hawks charged by FA as Fallon gets heavy ban

Former Hawks vice-chairman Jim Fallon has been banned from football for three-and-a-half years  Picture: Dave Haines
Former Hawks vice-chairman Jim Fallon has been banned from football for three-and-a-half years Picture: Dave Haines
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The Hawks have been found guilty of misconduct at a Football Association (FA) hearing after a seven-month investigation into transfer irregularities.

The club’s previous vice-chairman Jim Fallon, ex-assistant manager Sean New and the player involved, Tom Davis, were also found guilty of the charges at a hearing held at Wembley earlier this week.

The charges relate to the pursuit of Davis, who claimed he was offered illegal payments in a bid to get him to move to Westleigh Park.

The Hawks have been fined £2,000, with £1,500 of that suspended until July 1, 2016.

The more severe punishments have come for Fallon and New, though, with Fallon suspended from all football until July, 2016 and New banned until July, 2015.

The FA issued the following statement:

‘The former Vice-chairman of Havant & Waterlooville FC, James Fallon, has been suspended with immediate effect from all football and football activities until 1 July 2016 following the conclusion of a two-day Independent Regulatory Commission.

‘The Commission ordered that he also be fined £5,000 after two breaches of FA Rules were found proven in relation to offering payments to a player, namely Tom Davis.

‘The charges, which Mr Fallon denied, related to two breaches of FA Rules Relating to Players, namely C.1(b)(v) & C.1(b)(vi), which state that: “All payments made to Players must be made by the Club and fully recorded in the accounting records of the club” and that: “All salaried payments must be subject to PAYE and National insurance.”

‘The Commission also found the same breaches proven against Havant & Waterlooville FC after the club similarly denied the breaches at the hearing.

‘The Commission ordered that the club be warned as to their future conduct and fined £2,000. However, £1,500 of the fine is suspended until 1 July 2016 and will be automatically invoked should a similar breach be found proven in addition to any sanction for the new offence during this period.

‘Sean New, formerly of Havant & Waterlooville FC, admitted to the same two breaches and the Commission ordered that he be suspended with immediate effect from all football and football activities until 1 July 2015 and fined £1,000.

‘Finally, Tom Davis, a player formerly at Carshalton FC, admitted to a breach of FA Rule E14 for failing to report the offers of payment from Mr Fallon and Mr New to The FA. He was warned by the Commission as to his future conduct and fined £500.

‘Written reasons will be published in due course. All parties will have 14 days from receiving the written reasons to decide whether to lodge an appeal.’

New was dismissed by the Hawks a month after his appointment last summer – the club claiming he had not revealed details of previous convictions in his interview for the role of assistant boss.

Fallon resigned and walked away from the club in October.