Island club faces ban

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As a result of the club failing to answer a misconduct charge relating to a JFA Charity Cup fixture against Jersey Wanderers at Les Quennevais in August, they will be suspended from 23 October – unless they appeal to the Football Association at Lancaster Gate.

An appeal would allow them to continue playing.

The misconduct charge – which they had 14 days to reply to – involved incidents during and after the match against Wanderers which Portuguese lost 3-2 after extra time Portuguese last season were called before disciplinary and warned about their poor record.

They signed a written undertaking they would improve the behaviour of their players and supporters.

But they have already reached 32 disciplinary points this season, before last Saturday, when they had another player sent off.

No other club has reached double figures yet, so when they failed to respond to this latest charge, the JFA say disciplinary were left with no alternative but to suspend them.

Portuguese Club play in the Coca-Cola Football Combination Division II and league president Tim Darwin said: ‘I’m really disappointed; this is bad publicity for football and our sponsors.

‘What alternative to the JFA have? There has to be discipline and when a lack of it continues at some point something has to give.

‘If Portuguese do not appeal the Combination will discuss it at their next meeting on 27 October and to me it looks like the only option we will have is to remove them from the league.

‘All results would then be null and void and the players free agents to sign for other clubs.

Those suspended would remain suspended for the duration of their bans.

‘Nothing else can be done against the players because they can’t be punished twice.’ JFA president Ricky Weir said: ‘Discipline were left with little option and the sanction is very penalising.

This is a long running issue and something has to be done.

‘Portuguese now have 14 days to appeal and I hear they plan to do so.

Personally for everyone in football there are no winners here.

‘We have to rely on disciplinary to steward football and when things get out of hand they have to take action.’ Portuguese Club president Manuel Da Silva would not make a comment today.

The club have one fixture this Saturday and two the following weekend.

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