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U's will not rush appeal decision

Kelvin Thomas
Kelvin Thomas replaced Nick Merry as Oxford United chairman this season

Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas says the club will not be rushed into a snap decision to appeal the five-point deduction and fine imposed upon them.

The club received news of the punishment for fielding an unregistered player at a Football Conference hearing in Birmingham on Monday.

"We'll give ourselves a bit of time. There is a lot of raw emotion about the decision," Thomas told the BBC.

Oxford were punished for fielding Eddie Hutchinson without proper registration.

Thomas added: "We have requested a written explanation of the panel's decision. We will wait to see what the reasons are. Then we can make a clear judgement going forward."

The five-point deduction dropped the U's from 11th to 14th in the Blue Square Premier table, and 12 points from the play-offs - if a similar punishment against Crawley is upheld.

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see also
Five-point deduction for Oxford
12 Jan 09 |  Oxford Utd
Wilder wants Constable extension
09 Jan 09 |  Oxford Utd
Oxford miss out on Crawley pair
08 Jan 09 |  Oxford Utd

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