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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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