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    gloryhornet4 wrote:
    a1derek wrote:
    A few issues here. Baz did pass the fit and proper persons test so the FA/FL passed him fit to run a football club! Contributory negligence anyone?

    Secondly, it would be hugely unfair on Pozzos if a points deduction were made as they have rescued the club and the situation would be a darned site worse for us, the FA and the FL without Pozzos. We would be doing a Portsmouth for sure.

    However, there is precedent from that bunch up the road. When they got their 30 point deduction it was under new ownership that had nothing to do with the previous mis-management. They also cooperated fully with their enquiry! I hate to draw parallels with them, but that is where the clear precedent lies. It is the club, (ownership will be irrelevant) that will be punished if the commission deems punishment is needed.

    Duxbury has said he thinks we should be O.K and has appeared to have prepared in detail. Let's hope he is right as it would be a tragedy to punish the club given what has happened on the field this season. Sadly though, that will have no bearing on the outcome either.
    The fit and proper is only that someone is not a disq director and satisfies AML due diligence. It is not for the FA to tell the club if someone has money etc.

    The 30 points deduction for LTFC was 20 for breaches and the other 10 related to going in to admin. The cases are not the same in the backgrounds as LTFC's were far more serious.
    Wrong precedent your following Derek"
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Football League misconduct hearing into Watford FC and Laurence Bassini begins today

Picture: Pippa Douglas

Picture: Pippa Douglas

First published in Sport by , Sports Editor

The Football League hearing into Watford FC and former owner Laurence Bassini's misconduct charge started today.

The hearing is held in private and we understand there is no guarantee that a decision will either be made or revealed this week.

Watford and Bassini were charged following alleged breaches of the Football League's regulations relating to two separate transactions between the Hornets and LNOC, a finance company.

One of the allegations relates to two installments following Danny Graham's sale to Swansea City and the other transaction is for two promissory notes worth £1.8m.

In November, solicitors acting for Bassini said: "We are not instructed by Mr Bassini in relation to the proceedings commenced by the Football League however we understand from our client these matters are currently the subject of legal action and are being defended vigorously and he is therefore unable to comment further".

At the time, Watford would not comment on the matter publicly and the Football League has continually remained silent on the matter.

The Hornets again refused to comment this morning but speaking at the AGM of the club's parent company in December, chief executive Scott Duxbury said he was "extremely confident of a successful outcome".

"There is a wide range of sanctions that can be imposed, however, we continue to cooperate with the Football League so we remain extremely confident of a successful outcome," Duxbury said at the time.

When asked about the possibility of Watford receiving a points deduction, director Stuart Timperley replied: "There is the possibility of a whole series of sanctions and I think I will leave it at that."

He later added: "For a number of years I chaired Football League tribunals so that is why I am a little circumspect about commenting.

"Scott has been extremely thorough in preparing for this so we are hopeful."

Click here to read about the details of the misconduct charge.

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