Rotherham charged for fielding ineligible player

Steve Evans gets hot under the collar
Steve Evans gets hot under the collar

ROTHERHAM United, one of the sides Wigan Athletic are battling for Championship survival, face a possible points deduction after fielding an ineligible player.

Millers boss Steve Evans opted to play Farrend Rawson for 90 minutes during the 1-0 victory over Brighton. He had originally signed for the Yorkshire outfit on March 7 on a 28-day loan from Derby County meaning his spell had ended the day before.

The Football League has charged Rotherham United with fielding an ineligible player (Farrend Rawson) in the club’s Sky Bet Championship match with Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday, April 6, which the Millers won 1-0

Football League statement

A statement on the Football League website said: “The Football League has charged Rotherham United with fielding an ineligible player (Farrend Rawson) in the club’s Sky Bet Championship match with Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday, April 6, which the Millers won 1-0.

“The matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission which will take place at the earliest possible opportunity to ensure that it reaches its conclusion before the end of the current season.”

Rawson didn’t feature for Rotherham in their defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday. After the game, Evans didn’t seem to be entirely clear about the situation regarding the player.

He said: “My understanding is that Farrend Rawson has gone back to Derby.

“I became aware of it only on Thursday, so I’m disappointed with that. I thought he was with us.”

Last year, League Two side AFC Wimbledon were deducted three points for playing Jake Nicholson for 45 minutes during a 4-3 victory.

However, there have been instances in the past where clubs have just been fined for fielding ineligible players,

Last year, Sunderland escaped a points deduction for fielding Ji Dong-won while in 2007, West Ham United famously survived in the Premier League despite fielding Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano when they were both ineligible.

The Hammers were hit with a £5.5million fine in a decision which almost cost Latics their place in the Premier League.