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Furious Thompson quits SPFL board

By May 11, 2016No Comments

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has quit the SPFL board after his club were deducted points and fined for fielding an ineligible player against Inverness CT.

Thompson expressed his “shock and anger” at the severity of the punishment for a “simple honest, human error.”

United were deducted three points and received a £30,000 fine (part of which is suspended) after Ali Coote, who was unregistered to play following his return from East Fife, came on as a substitute on 76 minutes.

Jamie Robson, who was an unused sub, was also deemed to be ineligible after returning on loan from Brechin City.

United, who will be playing Championship football next season regardless, released a statement on the club’s website announcing Thompson’s decision to quit

“Chairman Stephen Thompson has resigned from his position on the SPFL board with immediate effect,” it said.

“He has expressed his shock and anger at the severity of the sanction imposed by the SPFL in relation to a rule breach in our recent Ladbrokes Premiership fixture versus Inverness Caley Thistle.

“Whilst acknowledging the Club’s error and accepting a breach of rules occurred, the Chairman feels the gravity of the punishment is wholly disproportionate for what was a simple honest, human error.

“We await the full written judgment after which we will consider our next action.

“Our travelling fans are the ones who have been punished the most here and the Club will examine ways to make this up to them.”

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