A County FA can raise an alternate (lower) charge when raising a serious misconduct charge.
The County FA will raise an alternate charge if they are confident that an incident occurred, but there is uncertainty over whether the threshold of the higher charge has been reached; for example whether or not a player made physical contact with a referee during a confrontation, or whether an injury sustained by an individual constitutes “serious bodily injury.”
The player must respond to both aspects of the charge, but the primary (higher) charge will always be considered first. The alternate charge will only be considered should the primary (higher) charge be found not proven.
For more information, please see our Football Services Guides to Alternate Charges.