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Rolls Gets Five-Year Football Ban

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Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division club Kettering Town has confirmed, with immediate effect, George Rolls has….

…..withdrawn from all footballing activities for the club.

This is in line with the FA ruling barring Rolls from any involvement in football for a period of five years.

A statement from the club reads: “The club would like to take this opportunity to thank George Rolls and his family for their support during a very difficult time in the clubs 140-year history.

“The club also acknowledges the stability and structure George Rolls brought to the club, without which the club may not have survived to see the start of this new season.

“The board will be meeting over the weekend, where the vote for the new chairman will be undertaken and announced. The board are committed to building on the structure put in place, to make Kettering Town FC self-sustainable and community focused.”

Rolls said: “I am flabbergasted and shocked at the decision that the disciplinary panel has taken in context to the charges levied against myself.

“I would like to make a few points quite clear. The FA has a responsibility to all `Participants` and that clear guidelines should be given to new `Participants`, I received neither of these.

“I believe thousands of participants are falling foul of the FA rules as they are not aware of them and I am sure many more people will fall unwittingly into the same trap as I have done and further charges may well be levied against individuals.

“My involvement as club chairman will have to cease with immediate effect for the next five years, but during the meantime the hard work that has already been going on behind the scenes at Kettering Town and with strong leadership qualities from the new board alongside the new manager will hopefully continue.

“This matter has never been a criminal investigation and I will not incur a criminal record because of it – I have merely fallen foul of FA rules, for which I am very sorry.”

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