Hartlepool United can confirm that they attended a disciplinary hearing at Wembley on Monday relating to alleged misconduct by Craig Hignett during the fixture with Dover Athletic.
As part of the charge brought against Craig, it had been suggested by the officials that he had used language which questioned their integrity and was threatening in nature.
During what was a very difficult afternoon for Craig, he admitted to the panel that he had said things to the Referee and Fourth Official out of frustration, for which he apologised – but he vehemently denied the nature of his words as put forward by the officials.
We are pleased that the panel found in the Club’s favour on this issue and, having accepted the misconduct charge surrounding his actual words, Craig will now begin a two-game touchline ban.
We would like to thank The Football Association for a fair hearing and reiterate that we do not advocate swearing at referees from our staff. However, we hope that people can understand the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the fixture, which the Club has been seen to deal with in the appropriate manner.