Frickley Athletic’s promotion hopes have taken a hit after being deducted three points by the EVO-STIK League for playing an ineligible player.
The EVO-STIK South club have accepted a charge of breaching League Rule 6.9 after being found guilty at a disciplinary hearing. The Football Association had previously found the club to be in breach of FA Rule C.1(g)(x).
Club officials informed the EVO-STIK League on Monday 12 February that they were waiving the right to appeal and would accept the sanction for failing to get approval for a loan player from the FA in accordance with the requirements of League Rule 6.4.1. and subsequently fielding him in four fixtures.
No costs were awarded and in addition to deducting the three points gained while fielding the player, the club was also fined £100 in accordance with the recommended minimum tariff after submitting a mitigating written statement and attending the panel to give personal testimony.
The three-point deduction means Frickley have slipped to third.
They are the second team to have received a points deduction in the division after play-off hopefuls Cleethopes Town had 12 chalked off last week for fielding an ineligible player.
Meanwhile, EVO-STIK League club Halesowen Town have been deducted four points for playing Kalern Thomas while he was registered under written contract with Solihull Moors.