City’s appeal against a £2500 fine for misconduct has been thrown out by an FA tribunal. City were found guilty of hindering an FA investigation into the clubs off-field affairs after failing to produce board meeting minutes when requested to do so. Not content to let the matter lie, Chairman Nick Buchanan has said he plans to go right to the top by writing to the FA’s chief executive Adam Crozier. Would it not be better to just take the punishment meted out gracefully? After all, if the FA’s investigation had highlighted Stephen Hinchliffe’s involvement with the club, the games governing body could have handed City a much stiffer penalty, the docking of league points for example. The paltry fine given was obviously just a shot across the bow, designed to let the board know the authorities are watching the club closely, so why incur the FA’s wrath further?
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