Findings Of Berks & Bucks FA Disciplinary Hearing Monday 18th November 2019
On 7th September 2019 during the Risborough Rangers FC game with Didcot Town Development FC Caelan Isaac of Didcot Town FC alleged that abusive and discriminatory language was directed at him by a small section of spectators.
Risborough Rangers FC (the Club) issued a statement on 8th October 2019 stating that it was launching an immediate investigation and appealed for witnesses. In doing so, the Club made it clear that it had zero tolerance for any kind of discriminatory behaviour
A thorough investigation was carried out, and a formal response and statements were submitted to the Berks and Bucks FA That response was honest, full and frank. Consequently the Club was charged with an aggravated E20 offence - failing to control player /coaches and spectator a further E 3 charge for foul and abusive language in respect of our kit man, Phillip Read.
Having considered all of the evidence the Club accepted the E 20 charge but denied the E 3 charge against Phillip Read, on the basis that the latter was a case of mistaken identity. We asked for a personal hearing so we could articulate to the Berks and Bucks FA what steps the Club had taken to ensure this type of incident would not happen again.
Those steps included:
• Reaching out to Kick it Out who are delivering a training and education course on the 2nd December 2019 (further information on this will be posted)
• Improved signage on the behaviour expected of spectators at the B.E.P Stadium
• A full page in our programme outlining the above
• Information leaflets from Kick it Out all around the Club
• Extra stewarding on match days
At our hearing we received a fine and disciplinary points for the E20 charge which took account of our admission and the pro-active steps that we had taken The E3 charge against Phillip Read was found to be unproven.
As a football club we have learned a lot from this process and we believe that we will be a better club for having gone through it
Risborough Rangers FC is a true community club. As well as our senior teams, we have 500 children associated with our club through our junior teams, 2 pan-disability teams and 2 ladies teams. Our club is inclusive and we want all visiting teams and their supporters to be welcomed as part of the non-league football family, and to be treated with courtesy and respect.
With a club at our level it is difficult to account for the actions of all individual spectators but we would like to place on record our sincere apology to Caelan and Didcot Town for what occurred. We are confident the steps now being taken will prevent this type of behaviour from happening again. Everyone at the Club would like to move forward positively and concentrate on the thing we all love namely playing and watching football in a supportive and fair environment.