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Hartlepool appeal Football League points deduction

Gary Liddle
Liddle was suspended after picking up 10 yellow cards

Hartlepool have appealed against the Football League's decision to impose a three-point deduction on the club for fielding an ineligible player.

Midfielder Gary Liddle appeared in April's 2-0 win against Brighton despite being suspended for two games.

The League also handed the club a suspended £10,000 fine, while the Football Association imposed its own punishment with a £3,500 fine.

Liddle has received a personal further one-match ban by the FA.

The ban is due to start in 14 days so Liddle will be available for Saturday's final game of the League One season away to Brentford.

However, the points deduction leaves Pools hovering just above the relegation zone, while Exeter and Tranmere, who now lie just a single point below them in the table, play Huddersfield at home and Stockport away respectively.

A statement released on Hartlepool's website on Thursday read: "The club and its owners, while fully recognising that we play under two sets of rules [FA and Football League], are amazed that the club and the player have been tried and punished for the same offence on two different occasions - something that does not even happen under English law.

"The club strongly suggests that the Football League and FA need to review the rules for punishments of all nature and ensure that a double punishment to any club for any offence is prevented in the future."

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