FA fine for York City

Nationwide conference side York City have been handed a £2,000 fine by the FA for their part in a brawl at KitKat Crescent in December.

The Minstermen lost by a single goal to Woking, with the game ending on a sour note as players and staff from both sides took part in the melee.

York will have two weeks to pay the fine after admitting a charge of failing to control their players.

James Dudgeon was found guilty of improper conduct and has been banned for an extra three matches starting on March 26 and will have to pay a fine of £200.

Nathan Peat was found guilty of violent conduct and has picked up an extra two-game suspension as well as a £200 fine.

The suspensions are on top of the three-game suspensions both players have already served as a result of their Woking red cards.

"We are devastated to receive the news from the FA that York City Football Club has been fined £2,000 for the incident which took place at the Woking game," Communications and Community director Sophie McGill told the York Press.

"As we have stated before, we believe this incident was entirely provoked by the Woking coach and therefore the punishment seems very harsh. We have been informed the fine must be paid in two weeks, which also puts enormous pressure on the club's finances.

"From a football perspective, to lose two first team players for two and three key games when we are pushing for a play-off place is a major blow. I know Billy McEwan is very upset and collectively, we all feel the club has been treated very unfairly."

Phil Ledger, Woking's football director, said: "We pleaded guilty. It was wrong. It shouldn't have happened but people do lose their tempers and you can understand why in some respects. We have got no hard feelings towards York. I would like to point out they acted in a proper manner afterwards."

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