Evergreen FC charged with failing to control its supporters

Watford Observer: Dean Kingshott: furious. Dean Kingshott: furious.

An Abbots Langley community football club has been charged with failing to control its supporters over an incident in which a player’s father attacked the manager for dropping his son.

Dean Kingshott, 39, had only been manager of the Evergreen FC reserve side for two weeks when he was punched, head-butted and hit with a corner flag at the club’s South Way home on September 15.

The former Spurs, Watford and Barnet youth team player who now works for Barnet Council was left with a badly bruised face while his attacker, a 40-year-old man from Abbots Langley, was arrested three days later and issued with a caution for assault and causing actual bodily harm.

Club officials immediately condemned the attack and on Thursday (September 27) the Hertfordshire FA confirmed the club had been charged with failure to ensure supporters conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and was due to attend a disciplinary committee meeting.

Nick Perchard, chief executive of Hertfordshire FA, said: "Due to FA regulations it is mandatory for a charge such as this to be raised against a club following an alleged incident of this kind.

"Officials from Evergreen FC have been asked to appear before a Hertfordshire FA disciplinary committee and we see this as a chance to hear, at first hand, the full details of what happened and how the club responded.

"Once they have the full facts, the committee will then decide what, if any, action will be taken.

"As the governing body for football in this county, Hertfordshire FA only has jurisdiction over clubs, players and officials.

"Alleged criminal acts by spectators - or any other members of the public attending games - are matters for the police. In this case, we understand the police have already been involved."

Club chairman Ron Smith has branded the attack "very, very serious" and vowed to co-operate with the FA investigation.

He commented: "Having been at the club for over 20 years it is one of the worst cases I have had to deal with."

Mr Kingshott, of Watford Fields, meanwhile was left fuming that no further action was taken against the attacker while the club must now answer an FA charge.

He said: It’s ridiculous to only give him a caution, I have got a massive red bruise on my cheek from where he threw a punch at me.

"I went to Watford police station and the police told me they took account of his previous good character and let him off with a caution."

Mr Kingshott also insisted he will continue to manage the side despite the attack.

A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesman said: "The decision to give a caution is not taken lightly and many factors have to be taken into account in the process, such as the nature of the offence, the offender’s previous convictions and their admission to the offence.

"In this case the use of a caution was considered to be the most appropriate resolution.

"He fully admitted the offence, was sorry for his behaviour and is of previous good character."

The club has until October 4 to reply to the charges.

See http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/9947478.Police_defend_decision_not_to_prosecute_attacker/?ref=mr and http://www.watfordobserver.co.uk/news/9943727.Manager_to_stay_on_at_Evergreen_FC_following_attack/

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2:16pm Thu 27 Sep 12

garston tony says...

Hopefully the FA will not fine or sanction the club, the irony of the situation if the club get more of a penalty for the incident than the guy who did the assault!
Hopefully the FA will not fine or sanction the club, the irony of the situation if the club get more of a penalty for the incident than the guy who did the assault! garston tony

2:35pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Hornets number 12 fan says...

Typical bloody Herts FA stupidity! How the hell Could Evergreen stop this young fool from phoning daddy to come and beat up his manager?
Typical bloody Herts FA stupidity! How the hell Could Evergreen stop this young fool from phoning daddy to come and beat up his manager? Hornets number 12 fan

3:09pm Thu 27 Sep 12

HornetJJ says...

Ridiculous! What are they supposed to do, organise police and stewards because of one maniac!
Ridiculous! What are they supposed to do, organise police and stewards because of one maniac! HornetJJ

4:46pm Thu 27 Sep 12

watford1881 says...

Chuck the little scrote out of the team... Like father like son... Teach the lad a valuable lesson on how to parent...
Chuck the little scrote out of the team... Like father like son... Teach the lad a valuable lesson on how to parent... watford1881

6:14pm Thu 27 Sep 12

Manic_ says...

Herts FA as big a joke as the police (for giving a caution only)
Herts FA as big a joke as the police (for giving a caution only) Manic_

10:57pm Thu 27 Sep 12

E.Coli says...

Herts FA is it run by a bunch of merchant bankers ?
Herts FA is it run by a bunch of merchant bankers ? E.Coli

9:05am Fri 28 Sep 12

Nick Lincoln says...

"Alleged criminal acts by spectators - or any other members of the public attending games - are matters for the police. In this case, we understand the police have already been involved."

Let's get this right. A man assaults another and the "police" (in quotes because this "police" force does not resemble the one I grew up with nor does it seem to match any reasonable definition of what a police force is supposed to do) issue the assailant with a caution. That's how they deal with such "matters".

Yet the football club - totally innocent as an entity in this episode - have to account for themselves in front of an enquiry? Are you fricking serious?

I'd vote for ANY political party that had in it's manifesto: "We are going to give the police back their balls. We are going to ask the police to - you know - police. We will give them the legal framework to do this."

The latter point of course can only happen when we are able to set our own laws in this country. But that's another matter...
"Alleged criminal acts by spectators - or any other members of the public attending games - are matters for the police. In this case, we understand the police have already been involved." Let's get this right. A man assaults another and the "police" (in quotes because this "police" force does not resemble the one I grew up with nor does it seem to match any reasonable definition of what a police force is supposed to do) issue the assailant with a caution. That's how they deal with such "matters". Yet the football club - totally innocent as an entity in this episode - have to account for themselves in front of an enquiry? Are you fricking serious? I'd vote for ANY political party that had in it's manifesto: "We are going to give the police back their balls. We are going to ask the police to - you know - police. We will give them the legal framework to do this." The latter point of course can only happen when we are able to set our own laws in this country. But that's another matter... Nick Lincoln

4:47pm Sat 29 Sep 12

mummy_1 says...

Dean Kingshott himself 'welcomed an
F A enquiry in one of the many stories covering this.

I know I am only a 'girl' but surely the charge is part of a process. There is probably a procedure for the 'attack' regardless of whether it was 1 lunatic or 100 who assaulted the official. Why don't we all wait for the findings or verdict before making the comments?

Sorry to say but Dean's own account of what has happened makes it sound serious enough to investigate. It has been in the WO news allllllll week!

If Herts FA turned a blind it would be irresponsible.
Dean Kingshott himself 'welcomed an F A enquiry in one of the many stories covering this. I know I am only a 'girl' but surely the charge is part of a process. There is probably a procedure for the 'attack' regardless of whether it was 1 lunatic or 100 who assaulted the official. Why don't we all wait for the findings or verdict before making the comments? Sorry to say but Dean's own account of what has happened makes it sound serious enough to investigate. It has been in the WO news allllllll week! If Herts FA turned a blind it would be irresponsible. mummy_1

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