Misconduct of registered clubs

31.—(1) Where, because of the manner in which a registered club is being managed or carried on, registration of the club is cancelled on a ground mentioned in Article 8(5)(c)(i) or (6)(c) to (g) every person entered in the register of clubs as an official or a member of the committee of management or governing body of the club shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(2) In any proceedings for an offence under paragraph (1) it shall be a defence for a person to prove that the club was managed or carried on in such a manner without his consent or connivance and that he exercised due diligence to prevent it.