Chesterfield play-off push intensified after Dover Athletic results erased
An independent panel has found the Whites guilty of four misconduct for failing to play their matches without “ just cause ” between February 16 and February 27.
They will no longer play any role in the current campaign and will start the 2021/2022 season with minus 12 points. They were also fined £ 40,000.
Dover fired all actors, management and staff in February because they felt they could not continue without “proper funding” in place. This came after it emerged that government support for clubs from January to March would be loans, not grants, which was not expected.
The Whites were at the bottom of the table after 15 games when they made the decision to leave everyone on leave.
President Jim Parmenter said they had been ‘left behind’ and would appeal to the Football Federation.
But Chesterfield took advantage of the situation as some of his play-off rivals, including Torquay United, Stockport County and Wrexham, lost all three points they had earned from beating Dover earlier in the season. The Spireites, meanwhile, had not played them.
A National League statement said: “The panel had to consider the integrity of the competition and the actions of Dover Athletic vis-à-vis the 22 other clubs who continue to incur significant costs as they fill their matches. Dover Athletic had avoided costs by not finishing his season alongside the 22 other clubs. Also, the National League’s base price meant they benefited significantly from not finishing the season compared to the 22 clubs that went on.
“In view of the current financial situation and in order to reflect the approach taken in other cases of rule violations, the independent committee has reduced the original fine from 20% to £ 40,000.”
This week, Chesterfield confirmed that his loan application from Sport England had been accepted and that they had received just under £ 1million.
In other news, 16 clubs from the National League North and National League South have been found guilty of failing to meet match obligations and they have received fines ranging from £ 1,400 to £ 8,000 and point deductions suspended.