aggborough news
1st december 2001 
  • Luton to face charge of misconduct

    It is looking all the more likely that Luton will be facing a misconduct inquiry by the Football League very shortly.
    This has developed after they announced that today's game had to be called off because of a flu epidemic, this had created a situation that they would not be able to field a full side.

    Failure to fulfil a fixture without a satisfactory reason is classed as misconduct under the rules of The Football League.
    They will now have to appear before a disciplinary panel to provide evidence to support their claim that they could not field a team.

    The club will have to show why the postponement was outside the control of the club or why they could not have anticipated a problem and rectified it before the game.

    The Football League Head of Communications, John Nagle, said:
    "Failure to fulfil a fixture is a very serious matter and could lead to a fine or deduction of points, however, Luton Town will be given the opportunity to provide evidence to support its decision not to play."

    Steve Thomas, the media manager for Kidderminster Harriers said on hearing about this development:
    "We are all extremely disappointed that Luton Town have take the decision to cancel tomorrow's game.
    Jan Molby and his players were looking forward to tomorrow's game and now, as a result of this decision, we face a three week break until our next game against Exeter City, which isn't ideal when you consider we have won our last four league matches.

    The decision was taken against our will and the matter is now in the hands of the Football League.
    We can only apologise to our supporters but every effort was made to ensure the game went ahead."

    Joe Kinnear, the Luton Town manager said:
    "We wanted to play at Kidderminster, but we could not raise a team.
    If the League had turned us down I don't know how I could have found 10 or 11 players, let alone a full squad.

    It was just impossible, and on medical advice we have closed down the playing side of the club until Monday."

    Luton reserves will be playing away at Oxford on Wednesday!!!
    Lets hope they can raise a team for that game out of their squad of 40.

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