Premier League faces legal action over decision not to dock Sunderland points

The Northern Echo: Premier League faces legal action over decision not to dock Sunderland points Premier League faces legal action over decision not to dock Sunderland points

THE Premier League is facing a legal challenge that could seal Sunderland's fate - regardless of the Black Cats remarkable run of success on the pitch.

Three clubs facing relegation are preparing legal action over the League's decision not to dock Sunderland points for fielding an ineligible player earlier this season.

If it goes ahead, the move could leave Sunderland's fate in limbo during the summer as the Premier League fights a damaging court action.

According to a report in The Observer, Cardiff City, Norwich City and Fulham have already taken the first steps to initiate proceedings.

They are furious after it emerged Sunderland were given a six-figure fine - but no points deduction - for fielding an ineligible player, Ji Dong-won, in four league games earlier in the season. Ji's selection broke the rules because he needed international clearance, having being on loan to Ausburg.

Earlier this season, Ji played in four games before the mistake was spotted. Although Sunderland lost to Fulham, Crystal Palace and Manchester United, the team did scrape a draw with Southampton. 

The trio is demanding a review of the decision and, if the request is rejected, legal action could follow. They are pointing to the example of League Two side AFC Wimbledon - docked three points for the same crime.

If a review goes ahead, and Sunderland are deducted points, it could make the difference between safety and relegation.

Following an amazing sequence of results, including yesterday's 1-0 victory over Manchester United, the Black Cats sit three points above third-from-bottom Norwich.

 

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10:53am Sun 4 May 14

kable1879 says...

Please explain what the relevance of the rules and actions of the Football League have in respect of the Premiership. You might as well try us under NFL or NHL rules!
What a non story.
Please explain what the relevance of the rules and actions of the Football League have in respect of the Premiership. You might as well try us under NFL or NHL rules! What a non story. kable1879
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11:46am Sun 4 May 14

cromwell1599 says...

Why should Sunderland escape a points deduction when that has been the outcome in every other similar case. If they escape relegation by three or more points take them off at the start of next season.
Why should Sunderland escape a points deduction when that has been the outcome in every other similar case. If they escape relegation by three or more points take them off at the start of next season. cromwell1599
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11:50am Sun 4 May 14

punkrocker says...

Sunderland are a big club, Wimbledon are a little club hence the double standards. Disgracefull
Sunderland are a big club, Wimbledon are a little club hence the double standards. Disgracefull punkrocker
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12:11pm Sun 4 May 14

behonest says...

Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich are challenging the decision - I wonder why?

Sore losers. Just man up and accept the decision, for heavens sake.

Perhaps Sunderland need to consider legal action to fight this legal action?
Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich are challenging the decision - I wonder why? Sore losers. Just man up and accept the decision, for heavens sake. Perhaps Sunderland need to consider legal action to fight this legal action? behonest
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10:17am Mon 5 May 14

studio says...

behonest wrote:
Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich are challenging the decision - I wonder why?

Sore losers. Just man up and accept the decision, for heavens sake.

Perhaps Sunderland need to consider legal action to fight this legal action?
Couldn't agree with you more! the decision is made. get over it, the lad hardly made any impact in the games he played, if he had scored a hat full of goals, saved a penalty, rescued a cat from a tree and performed open heart surgery during the half time break i could understand the other teams challenges.

If you look at recent performances from Cardiff, Fulham, Norwich and Sunderland, the Mackems clearly deserve to stay in the premier league. More passion and hard work from the players and manager. I wrote Sunderland off a month ago. How wrong i was!

P.S. I`m a Middlesbrough supporter!
[quote][p][bold]behonest[/bold] wrote: Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich are challenging the decision - I wonder why? Sore losers. Just man up and accept the decision, for heavens sake. Perhaps Sunderland need to consider legal action to fight this legal action?[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree with you more! the decision is made. get over it, the lad hardly made any impact in the games he played, if he had scored a hat full of goals, saved a penalty, rescued a cat from a tree and performed open heart surgery during the half time break i could understand the other teams challenges. If you look at recent performances from Cardiff, Fulham, Norwich and Sunderland, the Mackems clearly deserve to stay in the premier league. More passion and hard work from the players and manager. I wrote Sunderland off a month ago. How wrong i was! P.S. I`m a Middlesbrough supporter! studio
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