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Hoist by one's own petard

Filed: Tuesday, 2nd June 2009
By: Staff Writer

Neil Warnock's Crystal Palace have been fined £20,000 and deducted a point for fielding an ineligible player in their recent fixture against Sheffield United.

Former Blades manager Warnock - who recently outlined plans to sue West Ham United as a result of the Carlos Tevez affair - fielded on loan Rui Fonte as a second half substitute in the game which ended up 0-0. However Fonte, on loan from Arsenal was (unlike Carlos Tevez) ineligible to play as his loan spell had already expired.

The Football League's independent Football Disciplinary Commission fined the Eagles one point whilst also fining the club £20,000 (£15,000 of which is suspended for a year).

Talking about West Ham's world record £5.5million fine last year and his own mooted compensation claim, Warnock - who has led Palace to 5th and 15th placed finishes in the Championship since leaving Bramall Lane - said:

"As far as Iím concerned, I should still be a Premier League manager. We have wanted the truth to come out all the way along the line.

"When wrongs have been done against you, you fight for your cause."

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Your Comments

by co3reporting
08:26PM 4th Jun 2009
''You just couldn't make it up, could you!''

by Justin
09:35AM 4th Jun 2009
''Ooohh the hypocrisy of it all!''

by gary portugal
09:55AM 3rd Jun 2009
''Couldn't happen to a nicer piece of filth, could it?

by BAC
09:28AM 3rd Jun 2009
''Lucky for Warnock and Crystal Palace that the Birmingham result meant that Sheffield United could not have won automatic promotion depending on the outcome of the match in which the ineligible player was fielded. If that hadn't been the case, the disciplinary panel's paltry fine and point deduction would have done nothing to right the 'injustice' suffered by Sheffield United, and legal action aimed at extracting compensation would probably be on the cards.''

by colin wells
12:11AM 3rd Jun 2009
''So the team that Palace played have a claim against the manager who chose the player?

Vicarious liability I suspect.

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