Sporting’s appeal is rejected

FC Sporting Keighley logoFC Sporting Keighley’s hopes of a boost in their push for promotion from Division Three of the Craven League have been dashed.
Although the Marley-based club have three points from their abandoned match against Sutton in October to be added to their tally, they have had their appeal against fielding an illegible player against Settle United Reserves in September rejected.
Sporting won the match 4-1 but one of their team had not signed the league registration form and so the result was reversed.
The club went to the West Riding County FA last night to make their case and plead mitigation.
The form had been completed and, although the FA agreed the player had been registered, the lack of a signature meant it was invalid.
Sporting’s Faruk Ali said: “The board accepted that the player in question was registered with us for last season and was on the rolling register for this season.
“Even though we completed his name and details, the fact that we failed to get him to sign it meant he was not eligible to play.
“They also said that there was no malice and that it just an oversight and an admin error.
“However, the league are within their rights to deduct three points and fine us as per their handbook rule.
“We are very disappointed with this decision but accept it and will move on.”
The decision leaves Sporting a point adrift of third-placed Broomhill from the same number of games and a further point behind Oxenhope Thirds with a game in hand.

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