The National League have accused Dulwich Hamlet of not playing two of their last games. The club in south London claims its approach is “bullying”.
The National League South has stated that they will not be able to play their games until they have adequate funding.
According to Hamlet, continuing the campaign would jeopardize the future of the 128-year-old club. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, fans are not allowed to participate in games.
Dulwich had started its season with a grant program in place until the end of 2020.
But now the suggestion is that the clubs need to borrow to cover their financial losses for the back end of the campaign.
Dulwich has been charged with two violations after failing to play Braintree Town last Saturday and St. Albans City midweek.
Slough Town and Bath City have also gone public with charges.
“Now that we’ve laid out the farce situation we’re in, the league is at least providing clarity,” Hamlet tweeted on their official account. “We are charged for not playing. The bullying continues. “
The National League issued a statement. It said: “Many things have been written regarding charges recently brought in relation to the failure to perform fixtures under League Rules.
“It may be helpful to explain that this process is just a mechanism for the league to deal with each of the non-compliance cases. No fines or sanctions have been imposed or recommended and this will be taken into account in the next phase.
“An independent body is appointed to assess each case, at which point the“ just cause ”problem set out in each case is objectively assessed based on the evidence available to them.
“In the interests of the fairness of all parties, the cases will only be negotiated once the outcome of the resolutions is known.
“It is important that the applicable framework conditions are consistently adhered to in all cases and that the clubs are able to make their presentations appropriate and fair.
“The league will not comment on individual cases during the process in order to do justice to all clubs, but will publish the results and reasons for the decisions based on its conclusions.
“If the clubs remain dissatisfied with the result, they all have the opportunity to appeal the decision directly to the football association, which is heard by another independent body in accordance with the FA rules and regulations.”
Dulwich – again through his Twitter account – said: “While @TheVanaramaNL’s statement is of course welcome, it really should have been sent BEFORE the indictments.
“It was definitely the right thing to do without formalities and not send out dozens of club threats.”
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