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Club Statement: Craig Hignett FA Hearing

7 October 2019

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.

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