Falkirk youth coach is suspended for teamsheet slip

Former Falkirk Community Foundation coach Richard Fox
Former Falkirk Community Foundation coach Richard Fox

A youth football player was sent off for violent conduct despite already being under suspension which meant he should not have been on the pitch.

The youngster was playing for Falkirk Football Community Foundation under-16s when the incident took place in May last year.

The incident only came to light last month when the player and a club coach were handed temporary bans by the Scottish Youth Football Association.

Trainer Richard Fox was handed a suspension until June for signing off the Falkirk teamsheet on the day in question, although he stressed he was not at the game due to illness.

“This was a genuine administrative error,” he said.

“These things can happen in football.

“I have been coaching for 12 years and this is the first time a mistake like this has been made.

“The player knew he was banned but failed to tell another coach.”

Mr Fox left the Foundation last month to take up another job opportunity. He added that he was not aware of the impending disciplinary procedure until three weeks ago.

A spokesman for the Scottish Youth Football Association said it did not comment on individual cases due to a confidentiality agreement.

An insider with knowledge of the disciplinary process said: “Incidents like these are not uncommon in youth football and happen more often than you think.”