Chesterfield have pleaded guilty to two charges over fielding an unregistered player and have subsequently been fined £5000.

The Spireites released the following statement on their website:

Club officials today attended a Football Association Regulatory Hearing and admitted two charges relating to administrative breaches of FA rules in respect of the registration of a player, Joe Rowley.

The charges did not affect the player’s current status with the club and he was not implicated or charged in connection with the issues that were dealt with.

The charges were predominantly in respect of fixtures during last season and only two fixtures during the current campaign and involve the administration of the player’s contracts between the club and The FA. The charges refer to administrative issues with the previous football adminstration sector of the club and does not involve individuals presently working at Chesterfield FC.

During the course of the last close season, the club fully reviewed its operations in this area and as supporters are aware, new staff were employed. It is important to emphasise that these current charges do not involve or reflect on the current staff’s performance.

On receipt of the charges in October, the club immediately engaged the services of Graham Bean, an expert in football governance and regulatory issues, who represented the club at today’s hearing. In consultation with him and following his expert advice, the club admitted the charges immediately.

Following the hearing, the club was fined £5,000.

These matters have now been finalised with The FA and there will be no further comment.

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