Foot­ball dad in sub­sti­tute row must pay back £3,000

Daily Mail - - Life - By Izzy Fer­ris

A FATHER who suc­cess­fully sued his son’s foot­ball club for sub­sti­tut­ing him dur­ing a game has been or­dered to pay back £3,000 af­ter court doc­u­ments were mis­tak­enly ‘sent to a field’. Win­nersh Rangers FC was taken to court af­ter the father, who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons, claimed the de­ci­sion to take off his ten-year-old son was emo­tional abuse.

Yes­ter­day a judge over­turned the £3,000 fine im­posed on the club af­ter a court ruled in the father’s favour at an ear­lier hear­ing.

Club of­fi­cials told an ap­peal hear­ing they had no idea they had been taken to court as no­ti­fi­ca­tion let­ters were sent to foot­ball pitches they rent. It was only ‘by chance’ they found out a court had ruled against the club when a post­man turned up on a Satur­day morn­ing while a team was play­ing a match.

District Judge Stephen Byass told the par­ent it was clear the ad­dress he gave on the no­tice of pro­ceed­ings was not cor­rect. The judge over­turned the fine and or­dered the money should be re­turned to the club un­til a new hear­ing can be held. Read­ing County Court pre­vi­ously heard the child was sub­sti­tuted dur­ing a pre-sea­son foot­ball tour­na­ment in 2018 while play­ing for Win­nersh Rangers’ Aztecs youth side. His father later re­moved him from the team in Septem­ber and ac­cused the club of un­fairly tar­get­ing him. Club sec­re­tary Phil Chick said the father had ini­tially re­ported the Berk­shire club to the lo­cal child pro­tec­tion de­part­ment.

When the case was brought be­fore the court last month, the club was fined £3,000. How­ever, Mr Chick said the first of­fi­cials knew about the case was when they re­ceived a let­ter telling them they had lost and were be­ing fined.

When asked about the ad­dress on the claim forms, Mr Chick said: ‘That’s a field where we hire pitches. The club ad­dress is my ad­dress and we had not re­ceived any no­tice prior to the fi­nal debt or­der.’

Over­turn­ing the £3,235 fine, Judge Byass said: ‘The ad­dress used on the ser­vice of pro­ceed­ings was where the club plays rather than a postal ad­dress.’

From the Mail, April 9

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.