Decision reached following the abandonment of Emirates FA Cup preliminary round tie

Wednesday 16 Sep 2020
Sevenoaks Town FC will head into the Emirates FA Cup first round qualifying following the outcome of the decision

The Football Association has released a statement regarding the FA Cup preliminary round fixture between Sevenoaks Town and CB Hounslow United.

 An FA spokesperson said: "We were made aware of allegations of discrimination from an area in the crowd towards a player during the FA Cup preliminary round fixture between Sevenoaks Town and CB Hounslow United on Saturday 12 September, which resulted in the fixture being abandoned.

"The matter was investigated by the FA, including a review of match reports, observations, statements and match footage, and we can now confirm that Sevenoaks Town will not be subject to any FA disciplinary action.

"We have established that the club and the matchday officials took the appropriate steps, as per the required protocol, when informed of the alleged abuse. However, we will continue to work with the clubs to establish if there is any additional evidence in relation to the alleged incident.

"The FA takes all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and we would like to thank both teams for bringing this to our attention, and for their full cooperation throughout.

"An FA Cup sub committee has met today to decide the outcome of the abandonment, in accordance with the rules of the FA Cup, and have confirmed that Sevenoaks Town will progress into the next round of the competition."

By FA Staff