Can someone explain to me how it is that Sunderland have avoided a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player for 4 Premier League games and one Capital One Cup game??
Throughout the rest of football, this would mean the points gained in those league matches being lost and possible expulsion from the Cup!
It would appear that, however, this does not apply to the Premier League clubs who only get fined apparently. A paltry fine at that, given the clubs turnover too.
This is a disgraceful example of double standards, and it’s as bad as it comes. The Premier League have to revisit this and mete out the punishment that the rest of the organised game has to face, like Thurrock did last season in Ryman Premier League.
Their points deduction for fielding an ineligible player effectively relegated Thurrock out of the division. No doubt the PL are scared that any deduction would do the same to Sunderland, but what of it? You make a mistake, you should get punished for any advantage gained.
Seems that’s not the case in this country’s highest league…