The Price is right: Scott free from FA after Sansom tweet

Scott Price
Scott Price

Eastbourne United assistant manager Scott Price escaped a ban and a fine following an FA hearing last week.

Price was found in breach of FA guidelines for social media following an offensive and expletive laden tweet directed at former England and Arsenal left back Kenny Sansom.

A Sussex FA statement emailed to the Herald, read, “The case is found proven as a result of Mr Price being in breach of the FA guidance in relation to social media which is deemed a breach of FA Rule E3.

“The commission believe that, having listened to Mr Price’s submission, the tweet was sent by Mr Sargeant, a friend of Mr Price.

Furthermore, Mr Price presented proof of a conversation between himself and Mr Sansom, and it appears that Mr Sansom is satisfied with the apology received.

“The commission reminded Mr Price as to his responsibilities under FA Regulations. No suspension or fine was imposed; however Mr Price forfeited his hearing fee and costs of the hearing were charged.”

In February Kenny Sansom used social media and wrote, “If you think Arsenal have wasted money on Özil...Just take a look at Tottenham’s signings. Ha ha!

Price claimed his friend, Nick Sargent, picked up his phone and responded, “@KennySansom3 your money gets wasted on drugs and booze you f****** hypocrite....Overdose you pathetic scum.”

Sansom, 55, made 86 appearances for England and more than 300 for Arsenal in the 1980s.

Recently however, Sansom has struggled with alcohol and in a recent interview admitted he was homeless and had been sleeping on a park bench.

Samson, has more than 16,000 followers on Twitter and retweeted the remarks to his stunned followers.

After the hearing Price said, “I’m satisfied with the outcome and I think common sense has prevailed.”

Price was installed as United’s number-two at the beginning of this season alongside first team manager Simon Rowland.

He has been a key figure in the dugout this season as United reached the FA Vase semi-final and are chasing the the County League division two league and cup double

Eastbourne United manager Rowland added, “I’m glad the matter has been dealt with, we can draw a line under the issue and move on.”