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Trust in Luton Chairman's Statement

League Two Luton Town
by mercianhatter (U9770784) 05 June 2008
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On behalf of all Luton supporters, Trust in Luton would like to express our dismay and disgust at the FA's ridiculously harsh punishment of a ten point deduction for the irregularities in transfer dealings at the club between 2004 and 2007.

While the FA are right to try to protect the game against these types of indiscretions, this particular decision is a massive kick in the face for Luton supporters and hugely disproportionate to the offences that were found to have been committed.

The FA categorically state, in their press release of 4th June, that no evidence of bungs or backhanders was found and so the conclusion that we must come to is that LTFC have been punished for technical offences - offences that were carried out by people no longer at the club. When we consider the West Ham United situation that cropped up last year, their offences were much more serious than Luton's (fielding two ineligible players for virtually a whole season) and yet they escaped a points penalty. We are not saying that West Ham deserved a points deduction - it's just that we are stunned by the almost comical lack of consistency from a governing body that does seem to specialise in bizarre rulings. Trust in Luton demands that the FA publicly explain this inconsistency as well as explaining the criteria that they used to arrive at the ten point punishment.

A further baffling element in all of this is the fact that the club themselves highlighted these irregularities, admitted all charges and 2020 and the administrators (I understand that 2020 didn't have a great deal of involvement) have been fully co-operating with the investigation and the reward for this openness and transparency is a ten point deduction. This is hardly going to encourage whistle-blowing in the future. It is easy to see why our members and the wider fan base are saying 'one rule for some, one rule for others'.

Once again, the ones who are really punished are the innocent parties. Firstly, the fans who had no control over what was going on behind the scenes and, secondly, the 2020 team, who have worked tirelessly to drag the club out of administration and are now the ones to be punished for the wrongdoings of others.

Trust in Luton intend to make representations to the FA and Luton's MPs over this matter

The Trust would also urge all Luton fans to stand together with 2020. It is crucial that we show the club support and that means buying season tickets and merchandise despite not knowing what our starting position will be in August. We must show the FA and the rest of the football community our determination to see the club through these turbulent times. We must remeber what a strong consortium 2020 is. With ex-players and fans promising to run the club within our means, we are on the brink of better times ahead. There is, however, one more injustice to fight and I urge all Luton fans to join that fight by supporting 2020

Liam

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posted Jun 6, 2008

"(which strangely some Leeds' fans also seem to revel in)"
No suprise there. A staggering number of them acted with little to no grace this season and banged on about this endlessly.

Leeds deserved what they got and I suspect so do Luton.
We keep hearing these arguements of "oh we only broke the rules a little bit", or "it's just a technicality", or "they are only doing this because we're a big/little club". This is rubbish. They are doing it because the vast majority of the clubs in the league act responsibly and don't break the rules.

Sadly West Ham got away with murder because the Premiership is a seperate organisation to the Football League and seems to act in a much more lenient fashion. West Ham definately should have had a points penalty.

I'd also like to add that I quite like Leeds, West Ham, and Luton, and that I do wish them well for the seasons ahead. I have no axe to grind against them but I feel that clubs found to have broken the FA or FL rules deserve to have points taken away.

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posted Jun 6, 2008

Even as a Watford fan, the points deduction seems very harsh. It's quite right that the club should not be able to avoid punishment because the ownership has changed, but the scale, given that it was Luton employees who alerted the authorities, is very harsh- particularly so when compared to the Tevez affair where cheating gained West Ham a huge advantage yet no points were deducted.


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posted Jun 6, 2008

In response to ukctstrider's comment;

"... the vast majority of the clubs in the league act responsibly and don't break the rules".

The Premier League's Quest inquiry found that 16 of the 20 clubs were guilty of the same or similar, and Luton employees informed the FA of the wrongdoing. So, of the 21 clubs investigated, 17 are guilty.

Though this may not be as prevalent in the remaining univestigated 71 clubs I'd be astounded if all, or the vast majority, of these were acting within these rules.

On a lighter note, one of the charges related to a signing on-fee of LTFC laying a patio for a new signing. Which incidentally is the same stickling point in the Ronaldo saga!

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posted Jun 6, 2008

Feel sorry for Luton but they did break the rules and now must pay the price.

As for the West Ham saga, they should have been punished with a points deduction only West Ham fans disagree.

This is an example of inconsistancies between the leagues.

I hope Luton survive and as for West Ham what goes around comes around.

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posted Jun 6, 2008

As a Leeds fan I feel sorry for Luton. The -15 will hit them even harder than it hit us. At least Owen looks like he's still committed to the cause. Hope you can go one better than us and bounce straight back.

Good luck for next season guys.

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posted Jun 6, 2008

Well Luton fans we feel for you , once the FA start to kick you they don't let up. I fear we are in for another one next week after being relegated two seasons last year. We are still paying for the previous regime who racked up debts then scarpered to their villas abroad. the hypocrisy of it all is the authorities let the manager culpable continue to manage in the league structure they are trying to kick us out of and they wonder why fans don't think the FA can run the game....keep up the fight.

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posted Jun 7, 2008

It's a joke West Ham cheat get caught deny it ,then admit to cheating get a small fine of 5 mill ,then collect 50 mill for staying up.
Luton don't have the connections, the premier league only look after the big clubs while the Lutons are used to show what a great job the corrupt league is doing with it's power
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it was a world record fine.West ham were charged with 2 offences Luton were charged with 50 over 4 years.Luton would be out of buisness with anything more than a 50,000 fine fifa have approved both punishments so stop bleating if there was no points deduction then the fine of 5million would have to be applied to Luton Town therefore no more club

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posted Jun 7, 2008

comment by Piemangeocacher (U12222962)
posted 21 Hours Ago

Even as a Watford fan, the points deduction seems very harsh. It's quite right that the club should not be able to avoid punishment because the ownership has changed, but the scale, given that it was Luton employees who alerted the authorities, is very harsh- particularly so when compared to the Tevez affair where cheating gained West Ham a huge advantage yet no points were deducted.

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get your facts right hornet peter brown was in charge at that time .it was the egg man that alrted the premier league but still ha to pay the 5million

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posted Jun 7, 2008

comment by sheffieldclayhead (U9767982)
posted 21 Hours Ago

Feel sorry for Luton but they did break the rules and now must pay the price.

As for the West Ham saga, they should have been punished with a points deduction only West Ham fans disagree.

This is an example of inconsistancies between the leagues.

I hope Luton survive and as for West Ham what goes around comes around.

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ha ha hows the fizzy pop league?

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posted Jun 9, 2008

You are not welcome here. Go back to the Premiersh*t and start throwing your money about willy nilly. I (as a Bournemouth fan) wish the best of luck to Luton - I genuinely hope we never get to the Prem.

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