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FA Inquiry Into The Conference League

EDM number 1672 in 2001-02, proposed by Jon Cruddas on 22/07/2002.

That this House calls on the Chief Executive of the Football Association to explain the inadequate verdict of the three man FA hearing which allowed Boston United, Champions of the Nationwide Conference League, to retain their promoted place in the Football League after pleading guilty to six charges of contractual irregularities; notes that by breaking the rules of the game, Boston United will now make a considerable financial gain by playing Third Division football this coming season and that their fine of ú100,000 pales into insignificance compared to the ú500,000 which the club can expect to receive as a member of the Football League; further notes that the FA deducted four points off Boston for this season's Third Division campaign when the club broke the rules during last season's Conference matches and that if the hearing had deducted points from last season's totals then the Championship would have been awarded to Dagenham and Redbridge FC who would have been promoted; believes there to be growing concern within the game that this verdict has initiated a cheats charter which could tempt other clubs into breaking the rules for self gain and could therefore destroy public confidence in the way football conducts itself; and urges the Chief Executive, who made it clear from the day that he took office that he wished to clean up the game and would crack down hard on clubs that broke the rules, to explain the hearing's decision, which contravenes those sentiments and brings the sport into disrepute.

This motion has been signed by a total of 25 MPs.

Jon Cruddas22/07/2002DagenhamLabourProposed
Mike Gapes22/07/2002Ilford SouthLabour Co-operativeSigned
Mark Tami22/07/2002Alyn & DeesideLabourSigned
Tom Watson22/07/2002West Bromwich EastLabourSigned
John McDonnell23/07/2002Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Rudi Vis23/07/2002Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Clive Efford23/07/2002ElthamLabourSigned
David Drew23/07/2002StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
John Cryer23/07/2002HornchurchLabourSigned
Ann Cryer23/07/2002KeighleyLabourSigned
Andy Burnham23/07/2002LeighLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd23/07/2002Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Alan Keen23/07/2002Feltham & HestonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Alan Simpson23/07/2002Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Bob Russell23/07/2002ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Frank Roy23/07/2002Motherwell & WishawLabourSigned
James Purnell23/07/2002Stalybridge & HydeLabourSigned
Stephen Pound23/07/2002Ealing NorthLabourSigned
Linda Perham23/07/2002Ilford NorthLabourSigned
Peter Pike24/07/2002BurnleyLabourSigned
Eric Illsley24/07/2002Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Nigel Jones24/07/2002CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Roger Casale24/07/2002WimbledonLabourSigned
Joan Walley24/07/2002Stoke-on-Trent NorthLabourSigned
Tony Clarke05/11/2002Northampton SouthLabourSigned

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