Football now the focus as pair escape a ban for betting

Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Egham Town FC  'Header from Solkhon 2-0'Tuesday March 10, 2015 NNL-151003-223430009
Football Action: Burton Latimer: Kettering Town FC v Egham Town FC 'Header from Solkhon 2-0'Tuesday March 10, 2015 NNL-151003-223430009
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Kettering Town Brett Solkhon and Elliot Sandy have escaped any playing ban following their Football Association charge for contravening betting regulations.

The pair have been fined for their actions but are free to continue playing.

A statement from the club read: “In consultation with both the club and The FA, both players have accepted the charges made against them.

“Both players have now been found guilty of contravening the regulations and have received heavy 
fines.

“No suspension from playing football has been levied by the Governing Body.

“In accepting the charges, both players acknowledged their mistake in interpreting the rules and have been re-advised by the club, and The FA, that in no circumstances is any betting on football allowed.

“This applies to anyone in any official capacity 
at Kettering Town Football Club.

“Our own Code of Conduct includes a clause about betting and is signed by all players at the club.”

It is a boost to the Poppies and the players who, manager Marcus Law says, can now concentrate on playing football again.”

“We’re obviously relieved – especially the two lads – because we didn’t know what the outcome would be,” Law said.

“There are lessons to be learned there and that is, no matter what level of football you’re at, you must not place football bets.

“Rules are rules and they must be adhered to.

“There is no point of having the mentality of ‘it won’t happen to me’ – because it has.

“It has been difficult for everyone and you can’t hide that fact.

“It will free them up, they can move on and we can 
get on with the rest of the season.

“There is no doubt the whole thing was hanging over them a bit and not knowing whether they would be available or what would happen made life more difficult.

“But now it has been resolved it certainly puts us all in a far better position for the season.”