Chalk and Marton avoid bans at FA inquiry

Referee John Chalk and Scalby player Carl Marton avoided bans at this week's FA inquiry into their scuffle last season
Referee John Chalk and Scalby player Carl Marton avoided bans at this week's FA inquiry into their scuffle last season

Scarborough referee John Chalk (pictured) and Scalby FC player Carl Marton both avoided bans at an FA inquiry into an incident that took place between the pair last season.

They were involved in a scuffle during the Saturday League division two clash between Scalby and Filey Town Reserves at the back end of last season.

Both were both fined £75 and warned as to their future conduct for bringing the game into disrepute, but avoided lengthy bans as the assault charges levelled at both of them were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Scalby man Marton is just pleased to put the incident behind him and is looking forward to playing this season.

He said: “I’m happy it is all behind me and can be forgotten about now.

“I feared the worst before the hearing but I’m just glad I can concentrate on playing this season now.

“I’ve put it behind me now, I’d happily have John referee one of my games again. By the sounds of things he realises it was a moment of madness.”

North Riding County FA chief executive Tom Radigan insists the pair haven’t totally escaped punishment.

He said: “While the assault charges have been dropped against them, it isn’t a case of them getting off scot-free as both parties have been fined.”

Scalby secretary Phil Perry is also relieved Marton has avoided further punishment, he said: “We’re delighted with the outcome.

“Carl has no suspension or blemish on his record and is free to play this season for the club.

“The matter has been resolved and Carl can move on.”

The Scarborough News tried to contact John Chalk, but he was unavailable to comment on the matter.