Dover Athletic chairman Jim Parmenter: It is my intention to open the door to interested parties who wish to invest in Dover Athletic either partially or in its entirety

Saturday 20th February 2021

DOVER ATHLETIC have been charged twice by the National League with a breach of Rule 8.39.

The Crabble club had to make the difficult decision to cease all football operations and furlough players and staff.

Chairman Jim Parmenter said in a statement: “We are clearly very disappointed that the National League seem to be sticking to their guns and applying rules of the competition with no proper awareness or consideration for the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves in.

“It is clear that the agenda is to finish the season at any cost.”

It is likely that the club will see further charges bring brought as they continue to be unable to fulfil games.

Andy Hessenthaler’s side are bottom of the National League table with 10 points from 15 games.

“We do have a right to deny charges on a game-by-game basis but with the cost of a personal hearing for each charge being £150, clearly this is an additional financial burden and limits our options,” added Parmenter.

“We will, however, make our submissions in writing, based on our firm belief that the failure of the National League to ensure the promised funding was made available has resulted in us taking the only possible action to avoid insolvency.

“The current situation has taught me one thing; with the costs of surviving in the National League rising exponentially and our income is not, the club needs more backing than I can offer alone.

“It is my intention to open the door to interested parties who wish to invest in Dover Athletic either partially or in its entirety.

“I continue to do everything I can to help the club navigate this greatly challenging time and hope that together we can get through this and come back stronger.”

Visit Dover Athletic’s website: www.doverathletic.com
 








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