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Wednesday, 12 December, 2001, 09:13 GMT
City of Derry to lodge appeal
City of Derry Rugby Club have confirmed that they will appeal the IRFU's decision to deduct eight league points and fine them 4,000.

The club were hit with the punishment for fielding an ineligible player, however they claim that they did not know they had done anything wrong.

The problem surrounds Australian Ashley Bond who played in the opening three league matches this season.

Club spokesman Mike Balmer said: "The penalty amazes us, the outcome is very harsh.

"We do not think we have done anything wrong."

The punishment sees City of Derry sit at the bottom of AIL Division Two with a points total of minus-one and they are staring relegation in the face.

Ballynahinch and Banbridge were docked points in November.

See also:

11 Dec 01 |  Northern Ireland
City of Derry lose eight points
09 Dec 01 |  Northern Ireland
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22 Nov 01 |  Northern Ireland
Ballynahinch lose points
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