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Last Updated: Tuesday, 25 April 2006, 16:10 GMT 17:10 UK
Robinson devastated at deduction
Altrincham's Moss Lane
Moss Lane will not stage Conference football next season
James Robinson is devastated that Altrincham have been deducted 18 points after it was discovered that he was ineligible to play for them.

Robinson did not have international clearance when he signed for Altrincham in November after a spell in Iceland.

James, who is now playing in Australia, asked his dad Paul to speak on his behalf and he told Five Live: "He's devastated, it's upset him no end.

"He had a great relationship there and doesn't feel they are to blame."

Robinson joined Altrincham from Accrington in November following his stint abroad but he only made two reserve appearances for the Conference leaders.

However, it was only when Robinson left Altrincham to join Australian side Richmond Eagles in February that the problem was discovered.

Paul Robinson added: "He (James) reckons that administrative staff at Accrington should have sorted his international clearance out."

Director of operations for the Conference League, John Moules, insists they had no other choice but to deduct the points in which James appeared.

Moules said: "James Robinson had never appeared on any Conference team sheet or registration sheet other than that of Altrincham. We have to follow the rules set by the FA and follow them religiously.

"The board had to apply the rule. It is not our rule. It is the FA's rule and we had to follow it to the letter."


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