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Club Statement: EFL Agreed Decision

30 August 2023

Club News

Club Statement: EFL Agreed Decision

30 August 2023

Cambridge United Football Club have reached an Agreed Decision with the EFL in relation to the breach of Regulation 3.4 and 44.6...

In addition, an employee of the Club has been deemed to have breached Regulation 21.2.2 and in doing so, caused the Club to breach Regulation 3.4.

The Club will be fined £2,000 (£1,000 suspended) in relation to breaching Regulation 44.6, £10,000 plus costs for breaching Regulation 3.4, additionally the relevant employee has received a written warning from the EFL for their behaviour.

All sanctions relate to the Club’s team sheet in the 2:0 defeat at Barnsley in February, when a series of administration errors resulted in an ineligible player being named as an unused substitute on the team sheet and the submission of a backdated document. Details of the EFL’s Agreed Decision can be found here.

CEO Alex Tunbridge stated, "For context, given our injury problems at the time and the challenge of fielding our full bench, a late decision was taken to call up George Hoddle, our talented Academy Scholar.

"Although an unused substitute, through our own fault and oversight, George was ineligible to be on the bench as his registration was still held by St Neots where he had played in January on a Work Experience Loan. The necessary checks and paperwork had not been and were not completed in the right manner both before and after the match.

"We are clearly disappointed this happened, have accepted the EFL’s sanction and appreciate the way they have engaged and dealt with the matter. We will learn from what has happened and ensure it will not happen again.

"We are taking this issue very seriously, it is being dealt with internally at the Club and we will be making no further comment."


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