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FA warn John Lawless and Shaun Tuck about future conduct as Marine chairman issues apology

SACKED Marine FC player John Lawless has escaped a Football Association inquiry with only a written warning.

Shaun Tuck, who was also under investigation, has also been let off with an official written warning from the football governing body.

The pair were under the FA spotlight after being accused by FC United of Manchester fans of allegedly making aeroplane gestures, believed to be in reference to the Munich air disaster of 1958, during the match with Marine on December 20.

Lawless, who has since joined Welsh Premier side Caernarfon Town, paid the highest price for his involvement in the reported incidents - his contract with the Mariners was terminated on Tuesday.

Tuck, however looks set to remain at the club and should be available for selection for this afternoon's UniBond Premier Division clash with Witton Albion.

Marine FC chairman, Paul Leary, said: "This has been a very difficult time for our club and it has been important for me to ensure the full co-operation with the officers of the Football Association in their enquiry into the events at the game in December. We are a long established club with high standards and an excellent reputation both on and off the pitch and the publicity this week has been damaging to us.

 "I apologise to the fans of FC Utd of Manchester for the events that have led to both the inquiry by inquiry Foottball Association and to the departure of John Lawless from Marine."

The FA have concluded that no further action will be taken against the players or Marine FC.

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