THE Leader of Redditch Borough Council, Councillor Matt Dormer, has slammed the findings of an inquiry held by Redditch United Football Club into allegations of bullying and harassment made against him.
The inquiry ‘unanimously concluded’ that Coun Dormer, a former director, coach and sponsor of the club, ‘had breached the FA ‘Respect’ programme and not conducted himself in a professional manner’.
However Coun Dormer described the findings as malicious and designed to cause him maximum embarrassment.
Furthermore he had been given no opportunity to defend himself in front of the inquiry.
He said: “I am surprised and disappointed as I had not been asked to give my side of the story.
“I had written to the club saying I would be available for interview at its convenience.
I did not receive a response.
“I wish to stress these allegations are completely false and malicious, designed to cause me maximum embarrassment.”
The club said the decision has been made by an ‘independent’ panel after an ‘extensive’ inquiry however two of its members were a director and welfare officer.
Coun Dormer added: “The club’s actions fly in the face of natural justice. I have not been allowed to defend myself and do not know the details of what I’m being accused of.
“The club has shown me no respect and the inquiry can hardly be called ‘extensive’ when it has only heard one side.
“I am saddened by the club’s actions.
“I spent many happy years at Redditch United coaching young people and am grateful for the support I’ve received from parents and others since the allegations surfaced.
“I will do all in my power to clear my name as quickly as possible.”
Redditch United Chairman, Chris Swan, said: “Following an extensive independent inquiry into allegations of bullying and harassment instigated by Matthew Dormer, and the receipt of several supporting witness testimonies, the panel has found that these allegations are supported and his behaviour was below what we expect at our club.”