The Premier League fines Wolves for breach of rules

Barclay’s Premier League has made a ruling about the Wolves team in the match against Manchester United.

The Premier League Board has issued Wolverhampton Wanderers FC with a suspended £25,000 fine after deciding that the team fielded in their League fixture against Manchester United on 15 December 2009 was not full strength and therefore in breach of Rule E.20.

The Board also deemed that the Club had failed to fulfil its obligations to the League and other Clubs in the utmost good faith and was therefore in breach of Rule B.13. ‬The Board considered submissions from Wolverhampton Wanderers FC and had sympathy for the explanation submitted by the Club in relation to similar cases from previous seasons. However the Board ruled that this case could be differentiated from the other matches cited and that disciplinary action was warranted.‬ In coming to this decision the Board also wants to put Clubs on notice that any future Rule breach of this nature would be subject to a Disciplinary Commission that would have available a full range of sanctions.”

Manager Mick McCarthy commented to Barclay’s Premier League:

I accept the Premier League’s decision. It was never my intention to break any of the Premier League’s rules, only to pick a team that was in the best position to get a result. I’m pleased the matter is now closed.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers has of course issued a statement regarding the matter as well:

Wolves have accepted the Premier League’s decision to issue the club with a suspended £25,000 fine after they decided that the team fielded in the League fixture against Manchester United on 15th December 2009 was not full strength and therefore in breach of Rules E.20 and Rule B.13.

Wolves, who were surprised to have charges brought against them, made a detailed representation to the Premier League, citing the top flight experience of the 18-man match day squad as well as precedents from other clubs in previous seasons.However, Wolves have decided that it is in the best interests of all concerned not to appeal the decision.”

As you know I was very critical against Mick McCarthy when he decided to play a weakened team against Manchester United. That of two reasons:

* The fans that pay good money to watch and even travel to the matches have the right to expect the best players available to play. (McCarthy say that it was the best players available, but that is something he must say to be inside the rules.)

* Manchester United had many injuries and they were out of form at the time. With a better team we could have taken points from them.

Paddytheflea

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~ by paddytheflea on February 18, 2010.

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