No charge for Rangers

These two members of Guernsey Rangers' travelling support - one with his obscene gestures covered by Hawks badges - were accused of inappropriate behaviour. Picture: Dave Haines
These two members of Guernsey Rangers' travelling support - one with his obscene gestures covered by Hawks badges - were accused of inappropriate behaviour. Picture: Dave Haines
Theo Lewis scored for the Hawks in the 38th minute at Wealdstone. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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Guernsey Rangers have escaped disciplinary action after two of their travelling party were accused of inappropriate behaviour.

The actions of the pair during a Hampshire Senior Cup clash against the Hawks at West Leigh Park outraged their hosts.

But despite the duo being caught on camera making obscene gestures and Hampshire FA officials submitting witness statements, the Guernsey FA insist there is insufficient evidence to support a charge.

Home fans and officials – including director of football Derek Pope – were left appalled and accused the men of foul language and inappropriate drunken behaviour.

The Hampshire FA called on their Guernsey counterparts to take action against the club.

However, the county’s governing body have been told a case will not be heard as the Guernsey FA insist a misconduct charge would probably fail.

A report from the last meeting of the Hampshire FA said: ‘A decision had been taken (by the Guernsey FA) not to charge Guernsey Rangers FC due to the probability of a not-proven result at a hearing.

‘A discussion then took place on the club’s future participation in the Hampshire Senior Cup.

‘Some members of the committee asked if they could decide to expel Guernsey Rangers from all future competitions, however, caution was urged as the club had not been found guilty of a disciplinary offence.’

The two Hampshire FA committee members who witnessed the events wrote independent reports, which were sent to Guernsey as evidence.

Understandably, some members of the county’s governing body are unhappy with the decision.

As part of their strategic intent, each regional FA is committed to a number of core values which include a commitment to creating a positive environment with good sporting attitudes.

Hampshire FA believe the Guernsey FA are guilty of a whitewash.

And they have indicated they are likely to issue a statement on the events early next week.

The cup tie in question ended in a comfortable 4-1 victory for the Hawks.

After the game, Guernsey Rangers director Clive McMinn apologised on behalf of the two men, admitting they had let the visiting club down.

He said: ‘We are very sorry that it happened.

‘It was a big game for us and the two individuals got a bit over-excited, letting themselves and the club down.

‘We will be reviewing the whole thing as a club but I think it will be a lesson for us in the future.’

Hawks’ director of football, Pope, couldn’t believe what he had seen.

‘It was very disrespectful to us as a football club,’ he said.

‘It was unbelievable and bizarre. I can understand they probably had a few drinks coming across on the aeroplane but they treated us with no respect whatsoever.

‘One of them walked into our boardroom and asked for a drink when he was clearly drunk.

‘We refused him and he then collapsed on the floor, fell asleep and we had to wake him up halfway through the game.

‘It was totally embarrassing.’