Dundee United have been deducted three points and fined by the SPFL after fielding an ineligible player against Inverness CT on Friday.
United, who have already been relegated to the Scottish Championship, pled guilty to breaches of SPFL player regulations after Ali Coote came on the field of play in 76 minutes even though he hadn’t been registered to play since his return on loan from East Fife.
Jamie Robson, who was an unused sub against the Highlanders, also wasn’t registered to play and therefore ineligible after returning on loan from Brechin City.
The Taysiders won the match 3-2 but have been deducted the three points which leaves them 10 points behind Kilmarnock on 25 points.
And they have been fined £30,000 part of which is suspended.
An SPFL statement said: “At a disciplinary hearing today (Wednesday, 11 May, 2016) the SPFL Board charged Dundee United FC for Playing (as defined in the SPFL Rules) Jamie Robson and Alistair Coote in their Ladbrokes Premiership match against Inverness Caledonian Thistle on Friday, 6 May, 2016.
“Jamie Robson was an unused substitute in this game. Alistair Coote was listed as a substitute and entered the field of play after 76 minutes when he replaced Simon Murray, at which point the score was 3-2 to Dundee United. Dundee United won the game 3-2.
“Dundee United pled guilty to breaches of SPFL Player Regulations 12, 14(i) and 14(ii), which breached SPFL Rules. The breaches of Player Regulations occurred because the Club failed to apply to the SPFL to League Register the Players as required by SPFL Player Regulations 7 and 3A.
“As a result, Dundee United were severely censured, deducted three points from their points total this Season and fined £30,000 (part suspended).
“The disciplinary hearing concluded that replaying the game before the end of the Season was not practical.”