CHUDLEIGH Athletic FC have vigorously denied any wrongdoing after an allegation of racism during their clash against Abbotskerswell on Saturday.
It has been claimed a member of the Chudleigh Athletic management team was sent from the touchline after less than 15 minutes of their clash at Abbots Park in the South Devon Football League.
Devon County FA disciplinary secretary Richard Pallot was unwilling to comment on the incident, but said they would be studying the report of referee Kevin Gidley before a decision was made on whether charges would be laid.
Pallot also said that if charges were laid, any parties involved would have a fortnight to respond.
Then, if the parties were to request a personal hearing, it would be at least another fortnight before any hearing took place – meaning the hearing would not take place until October 3 at the earliest.
However, Chudleigh Athletic chairman Roger Harvey said the allegations were entirely unfounded, and based on a misunderstanding.
"I don't want to make any comment until the outcome of the investigation is known," said Harvey.
"As far as we're concerned we haven't done anything wrong – we're going to wait until the disciplinary hearing, but whatever they do we will appeal against it – it's a trumped-up charge.
"Somebody has heard something that hasn't been said. We're not going to say anything else until the result of the investigation.
"If we don't like the outcome of that then we're going to take it further.
"We're not going to take it lying down."
The South Devon League this week released a statement saying the onus was on Devon FA to investigate.
The statement said: "The SDFL take allegations of racism very seriously and we will back any action Devon FA take against the individual after the investigation has taken place."