League One rivals Southend United have had their punishment revealed after fielding an ineligible player against City earlier in the season.
The Shrimpers beat us 2-1 in what was arguably the low point of the season, with a late leveller for us cancelled out before the end of the game. However, Southend fielded an ineligible player in that game and were subsequently hit with an FA charge. They have now been punished for the indiscretion, being hit with a suspended three-point deduction which will only come into force should there be further breaches.
They have also been fined £7500, something they’ve accepted as a club. Their statement read: “The club accepted the charges and submitted arguments in mitigation to explain the specific circumstances which led to the breaches occurring. The disciplinary commission accepted these arguments and in reaching its decision noted, in particular, the club’s previously “unblemished” disciplinary record.
“The deduction of three points has been suspended for the remainder of the 2019/20 season and the first six months of 2020/21, and will only come into effect upon the club is found to have committed (or admitted) any further breaches. In addition, the club will be responsible for payment of the legal costs related to this hearing.”
One or two Imps have commented that perhaps we should get the three points, or that the punishment is not enough, as you’ll see below. The fact is this; the player who came on didn’t directly affect the outcome of the game and frankly, we didn’t deserve anything from the outing, not even if they had the player on from the start.
Also, the point about signing Messi I suppose is a fair one, but again it isn’t like the ineligible player scored both goals or even helped set one of them up. It would be foolish to believe the points should be awarded to us and, even if they had been, what would be the point? Southend are still going down, we’re still staying put and the difference between finishing 15th, 16th or 13th is negligible, to say the least.
In a football world beset by uncertainty and fear, this outcome is probably the very fairest that Southend could have expected and the level of punishment just about fits the ‘crime’, which was barely a crime at all.
So if we play promotion rivals last day of season needing to win. Draft in Lionel messi somehow and play him unregistered. Win and get promoted we would only get 3 point suspended deduction. I know obviously extreme but at this level the punishment seems very very weak.
— Matt Stevenson (@mattstevenson21) June 3, 2020
do we not get handed the 3 points then Rob? It doesn't seem that is being suggested in the statement (not that we deserve them really, as we were woeful that day). Seems weird the three point penalty is suspended and not taken off them now as ultimately they broke the rules
— Will (@William67201223) June 2, 2020