Hereford have said they are ‘appalled’ by the player contract issue that has recently been brought to light.

The club have publicly highlighted recently what they describe as ‘discrepancies’ in the contracts of some players.

Along with an internal investigation, The FA have been looking into the issue.

Hereford have confirmed there were issues with nine contracts, including that of now-Grimsby Town forward Lenell John-Lewis.

The National League North club’s chairman Rob Crawford has said today: “The situation first came to light mid-January when Lenell brought it to our attention, whereby we immediately launched an internal investigation. We can confirm that the contract lodged with the FA at the start of the season and the contract we held on file at the club did not match the contract that Lenell himself received.

“Our internal investigation identified that the same issue applied to the other eight player contracts. We have now held talks with the players concerned and they have all agreed to the amendments requested by the FA and have signed accordingly.

“As we have said previously, we thank them for their commitment to the club. We are appalled by these events and cannot defend these actions.

“These types of practices will not be tolerated and we will not hesitate to make difficult decisions to ensure this behaviour is dealt with swiftly. We have submitted our report to the FA and await their response.

“We hope that this unpleasant episode will come to a conclusion soon and we can all move on.”

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