Joan Ryan, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Enfield North, has called on the Football Association to review its decision to charge Enfield Town Football Club and their player Aryan Tajbakhsh for playing in two games whilst ineligible through suspension.
In a letter to football’s governing body, Joan Ryan has raised serious concerns with how the situation has been handled. The issue of Mr Aryan Tajbakhsh’s ineligibility had only arisen after Enfield Town had notified the FA – back in January – of the fact that the player’s former club had not properly reported his previous bookings to the FA.
Ms Ryan raised particular criticism with the decision by the FA to pursue charges so late in the season, especially after the governing body had informed the club that no further action would be taken against it – upon informing the FA of this situation in January the club complied with the FA’s request not to play Aryan Tajbakhsh in two subsequent fixtures.
The decision to charge Enfield Town FC at an FA panel hearing on April 22nd –a punishment could be handed out by 30th April – leaves the club’s season hanging in the balance. After qualifying for the Ryman Premier League playoffs on Saturday 25th April the charges against the club could result in a three point penalty, which would mean Enfield Town would not be able to compete in the playoffs.
Joan Ryan, Labour’s candidate for Enfield North, said:
“After Enfield Town’s great win against Witham Town over the weekend, the club and its supporters should be looking forward to the playoffs and possible promotion from the Ryman Premier League.
Instead they are facing an unfair and punitive charge from the FA which could result in them being removed from the playoff picture altogether – this would be an injustice.
The club is being punished for being open and honest with the FA, whilst the governing body has gone back on its word, after informing Enfield Town that no further action would be taken in relation to Aryan Tajbakhsh. This decision could have huge ramifications for the club and the game in general.
I’m proud to have been a founder member of Enfield Town FC, when it was created by one of football’s first supporters’ trusts in 2001. After everything the club has been through, the fans, players, management and staff deserve the chance to have a crack at promotion. The FA must review the charge against Enfield Town and allow them to compete.”