Darlington have confirmed that the club have been charged by the National League.

The charge relates to failure to fulfil this Tuesday’s fixture with Boston United in the National League North.

Darlo have been clear in their stance over not wishing to continue the current season without further financial support, thus placing the club into debt, and they said when confirming this week that they would not be fulfilling the Boston fixture: “This club has endured three harmful administrations, and since the fans took over the ownership of the club in 2012, we have worked very hard to make the club sustainable through many fundraising campaigns. We have learned the lessons of the mistakes of past owners, which makes us very determined not to over-burden the club with debt from a loan, no matter what the terms and repayment period are, and wipe out all the hard work of the last nine years for the sake of four months.

“It would be unreasonable to require us to get into debt to carry on playing when we relied on the representations by the National League regarding funding and compensation whilst playing behind closed doors. We are determined that we shall not trade while insolvent; indeed to do so knowingly is illegal.

“We estimate that we have lost approximately £50,000 in January, and probably another £50,000 in February. We therefore believe that we have just cause (under league rule 8.39) in not playing the game on Tuesday.”

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