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Last Updated: Monday, 26 March 2007, 14:55 GMT 15:55 UK
FA cuts AFC Wimbledon punishment
Jermaine Darlington
Darlington played 11 matches without clearance
AFC Wimbledon have had their points deduction reduced from 18 to three by an FA appeal board.

In February the Ryman League appeals committee had handed out the more severe sanction for fielding a player without international clearance.

The Dons had already been expelled from the FA Trophy for utilising midfielder Jermaine Darlington.

Originally they had points taken off for the 11 games in which the former Cardiff player featured for them.

The 400 fine imposed upon the club for breaching three league rules has not been reduced.

The appeal board ruled that, although the Ryman League had not misinterpreted its rules on eligibility and the decision to deduct 18 points was wholly in accordance with those rules, given the specific and unusual circumstances the deduction of 18 points was excessive.

SEE ALSO
AFC Wimbledon deducted 18 points
07 Feb 07 |  Non League
Dons are expelled from FA Trophy
26 Jan 07 |  Non League


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