Lydd Town's Ryan Smith cleared to resume playing after FA hearing
Ryan Smith has been cleared to play
again after the Kent FA threw out his misconduct case.
The decision followed a rapid chain of events which initially
resulted in the county FA suspending the Lydd Town defender after
viewing pictures of his challenge on Ashford United’s Ollie Finch
in the Kent Invicta League Boxing Day derby at Homelands.
A disciplinary commission viewed a
United video of the incident last Wednesday night and immediately
He played in the 5-2 home defeat
against Sutton Athletic on Saturday, where he was one of three Lydd
players to score own goals.
Lydd secretary Bruce Marchant said:
"Things did move quickly. The Kent FA received the DVD on
Wednesday, the commission was due to meet the same evening, and
decided Ryan had no case to answer.
"The club are pleased about the
outcome and glad that common sense prevailed.
"Ryan is relieved it’s all over,
saying it was an accident and there was no malice about it. We now
want to put it behind us and move on."
United had originally forwarded
photographs of the incident which wasn’t seen by the match
Club chairman Ernie Warren said:
"The Kent FA are the arbiters of fairness and we accept the
decision. We only commented on the pictures we received and
obviously a still photo can deceive people.
"I hope this doesn’t affect our
relationship with Lydd. They are a lovely club and I have no
problem with anybody there."
Kent FA chief executive Paul Dolan
said: "The player was suspended after being charged with assaulting
a participant and cases like this are always heard as quickly as
possible. A three-man commission, who had been due to meet on
Wednesday, viewed the video and made their decision."
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