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Conference agrees internal review

Oxford and Crawley were deducted points over the registrations of Eddie Hutchinson and Isaiah Rankin
Hutchinson and Rankin's registrations earned their clubs points deductions

The Football Conference is to hold an internal review into its administrative procedures in the wake of the points deduction given to four clubs.

The sub-committee will report back with its findings to the Conference's board at the end of February.

Oxford have yet to announce whether they will appeal against five points being docked for midfielder Eddie Hutchinson not being registered.

Crawley, Bognor and Mansfield were also recently punished for similar offences.

Crawley were deducted four points over the registration of Isaiah Rankin, while fellow Blue Square Premier side Mansfield were hit with a four-point deduction earlier this season.

With so many clubs in trouble, some supporters have questioned the way the Conference is being run.

A Conference statement read: "The board of the Football Conference deplores the recent spate of ill-informed publicity arising from the disciplinary hearings held in Birmingham last week.

"However, the board has received some genuine enquiries concerning the administration of the competition and in the interest of transparency, has decided to form an administrative review sub-committee to report back to the board on 23 February 2009, and ultimately the member clubs, on its findings."

As the punishments handed down to Oxford, Crawley and Bognor are still subject to appeal, the Conference has declined to comment further.

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see also
U's will not rush appeal decision
13 Jan 09 |  Oxford Utd
Five-point deduction for Oxford
12 Jan 09 |  Oxford Utd
Mansfield hit by points deduction
06 Oct 08 |  Mansfield

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