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Aston Villa have released a statement condemning Jack Grealish's decision to ignore "the Government's guidance on staying at home during the Coronavirus crisis. The midfielder has been fined by the club with the proceeds donated to the University Hospitals Charity in Birmingham

Please, read the paragraph carefully. I'm confused with "the midfielder has been...." part: the fine has already been donated or will be donated?

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It doesn't explicitly say that the donation has already been made, or indeed if the fine has been paid. Most fines issued by the police or courts in the UK have a deadline by which they must be paid, and some fines are even allowed to be paid in increments. And under Football Association (FA) rules, "all fines and charges are payable forthwith and must be paid within 21 days of the date of notification of the decision". If you know when the decision to fine was made, and you assume that the notification of that decision was made the same day (and not delayed by post) then you may be able to determine if it will have been paid yet, but that doesn't make the text any less ambiguous.

The midfielder has been fined...

This indicates that the fine has been issued, not necessarily that it has been paid.

...with the proceeds donated to the University Hospitals Charity in Birmingham.

Note that it does not say "and the proceeds donated". By saying "with", it sounds like the donation was a condition of the fine, so it could be a statement of intention rather than a donation that has happened.

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  • 'Fined by the club' means the club has imposed a financial penalty, effected by reducing the player's next salary payment. The amount was probably paid immediately to the charity Mar 31, 2020 at 12:21
  • Thank you, I'm still confused, actually I wanted to be sure that the fine has already been donated or will be donated to the university as fine has been issued Mar 31, 2020 at 12:45
  • I think the cited text does implicitly say that the fine has already been paid, because if payment was still outstanding it would have been ...with the proceeds to be donated to the University Hospitals Charity. That's to say I understand the actual version as written to be "reduced" from ...with the proceeds having been donated to... Mar 31, 2020 at 12:52
  • @FumbleFingersReinstateMonica I don't think implicit is enough, the OP says he wanted to be sure it was paid. It isn't explicit. Even if an attachment of earnings was made to pay the fine, there would have to be a notice period under UK law. Even if some research in other sources proved it one way or another, that is beyond the scope of this question to determine whether the text is ambiguous or not.
    – Astralbee
    Mar 31, 2020 at 13:59
  • @MichaelHarvey FA rules say there are 21 days to pay the fine, so I wouldn't assume that it would be taken from earnings, or that it had been paid. Even it was paid by attachment of earnings, most people are paid monthly so they would not have been able to do that for up to a month.
    – Astralbee
    Mar 31, 2020 at 14:07

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