York City goalkeeper Scott Flinders has described himself as “extremely disappointed” after receiving written reasons behind an FA charge against him for racial abuse.
The charge relates to events that are alleged to have taken place in the Minstermen’s SkyBet League Two match against AFC Wimbledon in March.
Flinders was charged by the Football Association in August but denied the claimsand they were found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission.
Written reasons for the charge have now been received by the player and although he refused to comment further, the former Hartlepool United and Crystal Palace keeper did express his disappointment at the outcome.
A statement released on the Minstermen’s official website read “Scott Flinders has released the following statement in connection with the written reasons of The Football Association Regulatory Commission which relate to the charge against him under FA Rule E3 in respect of the AFC Wimbledon v York City FC fixture played on Saturday 19th March 2016.
‘I was extremely disappointed at the outcome of the FA Regulatory Commission Hearing and I have been advised not to comment further, save that I would assure everyone that any comments made by me were 100% most certainly not racially motivated and that will always be my position. My preference is now to concentrate on my football”
After the charge Flinders was fined £1,250, handed a five match ban and ordered complete an education course.
Flinders will serve the fourth match of his ban tomorrow when the Minstermen head to Torquay United.