Rolls stays silent over FA charges

George Rolls, Irthlingborough: Kettering Town Football Club. New Poppies backer 'George Rolls. Big Interview with Jon Dunham. 'Friday March 9th   February 2012

George Rolls, Irthlingborough: Kettering Town Football Club. New Poppies backer 'George Rolls. Big Interview with Jon Dunham. 'Friday March 9th February 2012

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George Rolls has chosen not to comment on the 3,076 charges levelled against him by the Football Association.

The FA revealed it has charged the Kettering Town acting chairman in relation with alleged breaches of its rules governing misconduct and betting.

The FA said Rolls has been charged with the following offences:

Three breaches of FA Rule E3 – Misconduct relating to his conduct during the investigation of the alleged breaches of the Betting rules

974 breaches of FA Rule E8(a) – Betting - during the 2007-8 season

1,707 breaches of FA Rule E8(a) – Betting - during the 2008-9 season

392 breaches of FA Rule E8(a) – Betting - during the 2009-10 season.

Rule E3 states participants shall at all times act in the best interests of the game and shall not act in any manner which is improper or bring the game into disrepute.

Rule E8(a) states a match official, referee, coach or referee assessor shall not bet either directly or indirectly on the result, progress or conduct of any match or competition or any other matter concerning or relating to football sanctioned by the FA or the result, progress or conduct of any other match or competition in which he or she officiates.

Rolls has denied the charges, which date back to his times at Cambridge United and Weymouth, which will be dealt with by an independent Regulatory Commission on July 4.

Rolls said he felt it was best not to comment on the charges when he was contacted by the Northamptonshire Telegraph.

The bombshell comes on the eve of a creditors’ meeting at Nene Park in which Rolls hopes a Company Voluntary Arrangement will be given the go-ahead to ensure the club’s immediate future.

It is understood the meeting will go ahead as planned and Rolls has previously said he is confident the CVA will be passed.

The Poppies have debts of around £1.2m and are hoping to be confirmed in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division when they hold their annual meeting in Torquay on Saturday.