Vital Rotherham on:
Rotherham United are having their name dragged through the – well I was going to say mud but that’s maybe a little harsh – media again, this time for fielding an ineligible player.
The club have been advised not to issue any statements after the original one explaining what was happening and, for me, that’s fair enough. If you’re not saying anything you can’t get into bother for it can you!
I don’t think anyone involved with Rotherham United are saying it didn’t happen because it obviously did and, as far as we know, will accept their fate which we are all thinking will be a three points deduction.
But are there any points for the defence?
Well, earlier this season Championship Blackpool fielded an ineligible player against Millwall when Donervon Daniels had joined on a twenty-eight day Youth Loan (same as the Millers with Farrend Rawson) with the differences being that Daniels hadn’t been correctly registered and The Seasiders lost the game. They ended up with a £300,000 fine, half of which was suspended.
Sunderland played Ji Dong before they’d received international clearance. He played FOUR times for the Black Cats before the mistake was noticed. They got a large fine but no point`s deduction – maybe this is a PL thing.
Of course there have been clubs who have had both points deducted and a fine including AFC Wimbledon and Hereford.
It just seems to me that the rule needs looking at – yes, you’ve played a player that you shouldn’t have so you should get punished but surely the punishment should be the same for all?
If you take three points from one team you should take three from them all. If you fine one team you should fine them all the same.
Another thing that I was wondering is why Derby County hadn’t noticed Rawson wasn’t back? Does that mean they had sent the relevant paperwork to the Football League? If so why hadn’t anyone noticed that the Millers hadn’t sent their paperwork in? Or had they?
And, of course, we mustn’t forget it was Easter so could there have been a backlog over the break and could things have gone missing?
Whatever our fate it’s just another chapter in the merry-go-round that is Rotherham United.
Would we fans have it any other way? Well, it wouldn’t be the same to have more than one season run smoothly would it!
RUFC – Case For The Defence M’Lud