HORSHAM FC have been fined and docked points for fielding an ineligible player in the Ryman League.
To cap what has been a miserable season for the already relegated Hornets, the League ruled that JP Collier was not eligible to play in the match against Billericay on March 10, which finished in a 2-2 draw.
Chief executive John Lines said: “When you’re down, you get kicked where it hurts.”
The club has been fined £100 and deducted one point.
“When a player is signed by the club, the Registration form is e-mailed or faxed to the Ryman League for a ‘temporary registration’ “ Lines explained “And the original form has be posted and received by the League within 5 days of the initial registration. In the case of J-P Collier, the form did not reach the offices of the Ryman League within five days despite being sent by first class mail in what was and should have been plenty of time. In fact, it took 12 days from the date of posting for it to arrive at their offices. Meanwhile, we had J-P sign a new form and that original got to the office before the first one but too late to avoid a technical breach of the Ryman rules.
This is the first time in my experience this has happened to the Club, despite the huge number of registrations carried out over the years, and is deeply regrettable.
“There is no point harping on about it though, we have to get on with things.”