King’s Lynn players in racism probe

King's Lynn midfield duo Luke Thurlbourne and Kieran Doherty have denied any involvement in alleged racist incidents during the club's recent UCL Premier Division title shoot out against St Neots.

King's Lynn midfield duo Luke Thurlbourne and Kieran Doherty have denied any involvement in alleged racist incidents during the club's recent UCL Premier Division title shoot out against St Neots.

Town officials released a statement on Wednesday morning after Norfolk County FA confirmed the club had been charged with one count of breaching FA rule E20 and two individual players have been charged with breaching FA rule E3 with regards to last month's 4-2 league defeat at The Walks which effectively sealed the title for St Neots.

Lynn have already requested a personal FA hearing into the allegations, but have pledged to act if the players are found guilty.

The statement read: 'King's Lynn Town FC has unfortunately had two allegations of racism lodged against two of its players, Kieran Doherty and Luke Thurlbourne. The alleged incidents took place in the home game against St Neots and the club sincerely hopes these allegations are not true, especially as we have always instructed our players to act in a fair and professional manner when on the pitch.

'At this time the club will stand by the two players who are pleading innocent but if the allegations are judged to be true and correct at a personal hearing with the FA then the club will take the necessary action against them.'

Town is still awaiting the outcome of an FA inquiry into the crowd disorder which marred the club's FA Vase semi-final, second leg exit to Coalville. Lynn face three charges relating to incidents involving players and rival sets of supporters in the second half of Town's 6-3 aggegrate second leg defeat at The Walks.

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Lynn finished their league campaign in second place, two points behind St Neots. The club is now preparing for next Tuesday's Norfolk Senior Cup final date against Dereham at Carrow Road. Club officials have also announced details for Lynn's end-of-season awards' night on Friday, May 13.

Numbers for the event at The Walks will be capped to 150 invited guests, although any spare tickets will be available for supporters, priced �5 per person.

'Obviously we would like our supporters to be here at the event with us but we are limited by the size of our venue to a total of only 150 guests, which includes the players, their guests, volunteers and all our sponsors,' said operations manager, Jonathan Chapman. 'I have looked at holding the awards outside on the pitch but unfortunately you cannot guarantee the weather and if it did rain then it would ruin the whole occasion. I have also looked intohiring a marquee but the cost was unfortunately too significant for us to take the risk.

'What the club is happy to do is once all the guests are confirmed is to offer any spare tickets to the supporters. The tickets will beallocated on a first come, first serve basis and will cost �5.'

Supporters who wish to register their interest for a ticket can email the club at office@kltown.co.uk.