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A Panel of Independent Members of the Football Conference Board met in London on Thursday, 19th January to conduct a Personal Hearing requested by Kettering Town Football Club to consider an alleged breach of Rule 11 for failing to pay football creditors.
Kettering Town, on their own admission, pleaded guilty to failing to pay football creditors, as detailed in the charge levied on 25th November 2011; and further requested similar breaches be considered.
The club was fined £3,000 for this breach and ordered to pay the fine before Tuesday, 28th February 2012.
The club was also deducted three points from its league table score, but this part of the sanction is suspended until Tuesday, 28th February 2012, at which point the deduction will not be imposed, if all known football creditors at that time have been settled in cleared funds. For clarity, if all known football creditors have not been settled in full, as required by 28th February 2012, three points will be deducted forthwith.
No award for costs was made and, as is customary, the club will have fourteen days from the date of written notification of this decision, to lodge an Appeal with the Football Association.
Saturday's game at Wrexham goes ahead after it was confirmed that Mark Coopers had decided to step back from his role as Caretaker Manager, and that the club had accepted an offer from Ashley Westwood to assist the club in a caretaker player/manager role. Westwood was at training on Friday and the players responded well to his involvement. Supporters have rallied round to provide transport for away fans and the players to Wrexham.
The plight the club are in is highlighted by the fact that there is no betting on this match in the UK with bookmakers exoecting a threadbasre Town squad to arrive in Wales.