Sunday, October 02, 2011
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Evans disciplined and stripped of captaincy

STEVE Evans has been fined and stripped of the captaincy as part of The New Saints' actions against the former Welsh International.

The 31-year-old was recently charged with a public order offence and the club acted quickly to suspend the player subject to the outcome of an internal investigation into the matter.
"The board of directors of The New Saints FC have considered the details of Steve Evans’ public order offence and have heavily fined him in accordance with FAW regulations, instructing Steve that he has to fully comply with the strict rules set for him as part of his punishment, given him extensive community responsibilities within the club, as well as being removed from the position of team captain," confirmed club owner Mike Harris.
"The club takes matters of this kind very seriously and, whilst Steve was deeply sorry for the events that took place, it was important for the club to act in the best interest of the club, its supporters and stakeholders.
"The matter is now closed and Steve will be allowed to rejoin the team as they prepare for an important home game against Haverfordwest County at Park Hall on Saturday," concluded Harris.
As part of his additional community work for the club, Evans - who has recently completed his UEFA 'B' Licence coaching qualification - will play an active role in the coaching and development of young players at the club, assisting the academy and scholarship coaching programmes as well as becoming a player ambassador for the club's Football in the Community programme, working with local schools and junior clubs.
A remorseful Evans said: "I love the club and would like to apologise to everyone involved with the club for my recent actions.
"I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch and hopefully I’ll be able to assist with the development of local football talent in the work that I’ll be involved with in the future."

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