Club Statement: FA Charges

Hartlepool United

Since Saturday the Club has remained fully focussed on taking positive action and understood that we were likely to receive attention from The Football Association. We recognise that it is important that they are seen to take decisive action to protect the integrity of Football.

We can confirm that The FA has, at this stage, asked for our observations surrounding Saturday’s events, including the racist chanting and various other incidents during and immediately after the game. We will answer the necessary questions, as well as providing a list of the actions we have taken since Saturday.

In addition, the FA has charged Craig Hignett with two counts of misconduct relating to his sending-off, and the immediate aftermath. In this regard, we have until Thursday to respond and we will present significant evidence along with that response.

In the meantime, our focus now is on tonight’s match and continuing to take the appropriate action on all matters.