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