An Appeal lodged with the Football Association by
Workington FC, against a Football Conference decision to deduct four points
from the club’s league table score for fielding an ineligible player, was
considered by a Panel of FA Councillors at Wembley on Monday.
The player’s ineligibility arose when the club omitted
to lodge with the Football Conference, the appropriate forms to extend the loan
of Will Vaulks on 21st October.
The player was fielded in matches on 23rd and 27th
October prior to the Competition being able to advise the club of its omission.
Upon the club’s own admission, Workington FC was found
guilty of fielding an ineligible player in its matches against Altrincham and
Gainsborough Trinity and, in accordance with Competition rule, the Football
Conference was obliged to deduct the four points gained in these two matches.
The club appealed against the Conference’s decision on
the grounds the Competition ‘reached a decision no reasonable body could have
reached’ and on ‘severity of sentence’.
Referring to the rule under which the charge was
brought, the FA Appeals Panel emphasised it was a club’s responsibility to
ensure the eligibility of its players and, since the sentence imposed by the
Conference was mandatory, the sentence could not be considered excessive.
The Appeal was dismissed on both strands.
The club’s league table score, showing the deduction
of four points, will be adjusted immediately.