Romford Town administration and fans were in shock yesterday as written correspondence dropped through the letter
box to inform the club that an extended ban AND fine will be handed to Romford Town great Stevie Hammond.
The incident in question happened a few weeks back when Hammond was on the roster for the game against Jeff FC.
During the game, the first incident saw Hammond go in for a tackle and hack the legs of the Jeff FC player. The ref
cautioned Hammond who was still hungry for more violence!!
Later in the game, with just minutes on the clock, Hammond was the victim this time as he dribbled up the pitch.
The Jeff FC player hacked the legs of Hammond and the ref blew up for it and gave the free kick to the Reds. When the
Jeff player told the ref he was going for the ball, Hammond picked it up and threw it at the players head saying, "Thats what
the ball looks like!" Before things could turn nasty the ref pulled the two players aside and sent off Mr Hammond.
Romford Town heard nothing until the arrival of the letter from the Essex County FA, the only thing had been a two match
suspension for the two games after the red card which have now passed. On top of this the FA have laid down a 35 day
ban from 05/09/2005 to 09/10/2005 and are asking for a fine of £33.00. The chance to appeal is available but in their
letter the FA state that the appeal could result in an increase in punishment instead of some leniency.
The FA have threatened that failure to comply with their instructions will result in a fine against the club and/or individual,
in addition to possible further action.