Moneys await FA decision

Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford
Moneyfields boss Miles Rutherford
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Moneyfields could be expelled from the FA Vase after their third-round tie against Bitton was abandoned on Saturday.

The Dover Road outfit, along with their Western League premier division rivals, will nervously await the decision of the Football Association (FA) who are expected to investigate the referee’s report of the game today.

The match was called off 10 minutes into extra-time after a mass brawl erupted.

Players from both teams had to be separated by coaching staff who were quick to react to the ugly scenes.

And despite being successful in restoring order, the referee still deemed it necessary to end the game early.

It’s not the first time Moneys have faced FA disciplinary proceedings this term.

They have been forced to pay back their FA Cup winnings after failing to obtain international clearance for Steve Hutchings, who returned to the club after cutting short a spell in Australia this summer.

They could also have the 12 points Hutchings helped them accrue in the Wessex League premier division during that period docked.

The FA refuse to take lightly incidents where clubs engage in provocative and/or violent behaviour.

This season, Huntington Town and Sleaford Town were chucked out of the FA Cup after their first-qualifying-round tie had to be abandoned following a punch-up.

The same fate could now fall on Moneyfields and Bitton, leaving boss Miles Rutherford anxiously waiting the FA’s ruling.

‘It was no more than handbags but the referee abandoned the game,’ said Rutherford.

‘It is a nightmare.

‘If we get kicked out of the FA Vase for this then you have to start questioning what is the point.’