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AFC Wimbledon deducted 18 points

Greensnet Editor
Thu 08 Feb 2007, 14:15

AFC Wimbledon have been fined £400 and deducted 18 points after they were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in 11 games this season. The 18 points reflects the points won during the 11 games that Jermaine Darlington, the ineligible player, played in.

The Ryman League issued the following statement yesterday.

"A personal hearing took place this morning before a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Isthmian Football League Ltd. in respect of a charge for a breach of Rules by AFC Wimbledon in that they had played Jermaine Darlington for the club in eleven League matches before an International Registration Transfer Certificate was obtained.

"Having considered the evidence tendered before them and the plea of mitigation put today by the Club, the decision of the Board is that as AFC Wimbledon did not obtain an International Registration Transfer Certificate in respect of Jermaine Darlington, the Club is in breach of League Rule 6.1.

"It follows that the Club has played an ineligible player under Rule 6.8 in eleven League matches. The Board felt that they must deduct the points gained from those matches and levy a fine in accordance with the Fines Tariff. Accordingly, AFC Wimbledon are deducted 18 points and must pay a fine of �400.

"An appeal by the Club against this decision lies to The Football Association in accordance with League Rule 17.4.

The league table on the website has been updated to reflect this points deduction