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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 June, 2005, 17:17 GMT 18:17 UK
Football's biggest punishments
The Premier League has handed out record fines to Arsenal's Ashley Cole, Chelsea and Blues' boss Jose Mourinho after finding the Stamford Bridge club guilty of an illegal approach to the defender.

But the parties involved in this saga are not the first to face severe punishment from football's various governing bodies...


Swindon won promotion through the play-offs to the old Division One in 1990.

But after being found guilty of illegal payments to players the Wiltshire club were demoted two divisions.

This was reduced to one division on appeal - leaving the Robins exactly where they started.


Tottenham were fined 600,000, thrown out of the 1994-95 FA Cup and docked 12 points after they were found guilty of illegal payments to players in 1994.

Spurs appealed and an arbitration panel increased the fine to 1.5m - a record for the Football Association - but overturned the Cup ban and points deduction.

Middlesbrough were docked three points and fined 50,000 after calling off their match at Blackburn with only 24 hours notice in 1997.

Former Tottenham chairman Sir Alan Sugar
Sir Alan Sugar was Tottenham's chairman in 1994
Boro lost their subsequent appeal - meaning the club were relegated from the Premiership at the end of the season.

A law introduced last season imposes a 10-point fine for clubs going into administration during the season.

Wrexham were duly hit with a 10-point penalty last December and were relegated from League One at the end of the campaign. And League Two Cambridge were hit by the same punishment in April after their relegation was confirmed.

Conference side Northwich had a points tally of minus six when new owner Mike Connet bought them last November after administration saw them fined 10 points.

Amazingly, the Vics managed to avoid relegation, finishing fourth from bottom.

Chesterfield were docked nine points and fined 20,000 for financial irregularities in 2001.

While Arsenal were docked two points and Manchester United one, with both club's fined 50,000, after an on-the-pitch brawl in the 1990-91 season.


Manchester United's Eric Cantona was banned for nine months and fined 20,000 after his infamous kung-fu kick at Crystal Palace supporter Matthew Simmons in 1995.

Rio Ferdinand, also a United player, was suspended for eight months and fined 50,000 after failing to attend a drug test at his club's training ground in September 2003.

And Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu was banned for seven months in November 2004 after testing positive for cocaine.

Mercurial Italian forward Paolo di Canio pushed over referee Paul Alcock while playing for Sheffield Wednesday in 1998.

Eric Cantona (centre) entering Croydon Magistrates Court
Cantona's kung fu kick landed him in court
Di Canio was given a 10,000 fine and banned for 11 matches.

Southampton midfielder David Prutton returned for his club's final game of last season but could not prevent his team from losing their Premiership status.

Prutton had just completed a 10-match ban issued - along with a 6,000 fine - after he aggressively confronted referee Alan Wiley and his assistant following his dismissal for a challenge on Arsenal's Robert Pires.

Lee Bowyer had an on-pitch scuffle with Kieron Dyer - one of his own Newcastle team-mates - last season which earned the midfielder a seven-match ban.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was hit with a 15,000 fine in December of last year.

The Frenchman had accused Manchester United striker of "cheating" following hot-tempered game between the two teams.

Chelsea, Mourinho and Cole fined
01 Jun 05 |  Premiership


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