FA ask Hartlepool United for observations following shocking scenes at Victoria Park plus Craig Hignett charged

The FA has asked Hartlepool United for their observations following the ugly scenes at Victoria Park on Saturday.

Tuesday, 24th September 2019, 12:46 pm
Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett leaves the field after being shown a red card by referee Joe Johnson.
Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett leaves the field after being shown a red card by referee Joe Johnson.

The alleged racially charged attack took place during Pools’ 2-0 defeat against Dover Athletic at Victoria Park following Inih Effiong’s opening goal, with the national spotlight fixed firmly on Pools.

The incident involving a small number of fans stood in the Town End led to a lengthy delay before the game was eventually restarted, with players from both Dover and Pools visibly disgusted by what had happened.

The FA launched an investigation and they have now asked the club for their observations.

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A Pools statement read: “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.”

Meanwhile, Pools have also confirmed Craig Hignett has been charged with two counts of misconduct relating to his sending-off with the club having until Thursday to respond.

The statement added: “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.”

Hartlepool host Chesterfield at Victoria Park this evening in the National League (KO 7.45pm).

Pools have launched a ‘Love Pools, Hate Racism’ campaign in a bid to spread awareness following the weekend’s events with fans encouraged to hold up the placards at the game tonight.

Events on Saturday also prompted an ongoing police investigation with a 43-year-old man being arrested on suspicion of a racially aggravated public order and released under investigation.