Dunfermline docked 15 points

Dunfermline have been docked 15 points by the Scottish Football League for going into interim administration.

Last Updated: 09/04/13 at 18:26 Post Comment

Dunfermline: Punished by SFL

Dunfermline: Punished by SFL

Dunfermline have been docked 15 points for going into interim administration.

The Scottish Football League enforced the immediate points deduction following a board meeting today.

The penalty puts the Irn-Bru First Division side into ninth place, below Cowdenbeath in the relegation play-off spot.

The SFL also imposed a transfer embargo which prohibits the club signing players aged over 21 until they come out of administration.

Dunfermline will also be subject to a further 10-point penalty and be required to pay a £150,000 guarantee if they do not secure a Company Voluntary Arrangement by the start of next season.

A statement from the league read: "The Scottish Football League regrets the current situation that Dunfermline Athletic FC finds itself in.

"We are fully aware of the impact this situation has had on all concerned, especially players, staff and fans of the club.

"The SFL has a duty to protect the integrity and on-going smooth-running of the league and therefore following a thorough process, the SFL board has decided that Dunfermline Athletic Football Club Limited is guilty of conduct contrary to league rules, the interests of the league and its member clubs."

The statement finished: "In the face of current challenges, our ultimate aim is to ensure that clubs survive and communities continue to have a local team to support."

Dunfermline have the right of appeal but their punishment is more lenient than recent penalties issued for the same offence.

Dundee were deducted 25 points after going into administration for the second time in October 2010, while Gretna and Livingston were previously demoted two divisions during the summer break.

Dunfermline are now eight points above bottom club Airdrie and two behind Cowdenbeath on 27 points, with five games to go until the end of the season.

There is no relegation from the First Division if reconstruction plans are voted in, but the Scottish Premier League looks unlikely to secure the 11-1 majority needed to send the plans to the SFL clubs for approval.

Seven first-team players were made redundant after Dunfermline went into interim administration two weeks ago in a bid to avert a winding-up order over a £134,000 tax bill.


Click here for completely free £10 bet with Sky Bet


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hen players in their 30s leave Real Madrid, it's usually to Bolton Wanderers. I miss those days.

sailingmagpie
Top Ten CL Players Whetting Our Appetite

W

ow Pete, you would make an excellent stalker!

fouloleron
Taking A Close Look At Mario...

T

his specializing in mediocrity will only stop when Wenger and his entire back room staff are cleared out. Dortmund are everything Arsenal should be; in fact they're everything Arsenal thought they were, until they met this supreme doppelg nger.

dr soccer
The Bitter Taste Of Arsenal Déjà Vu

Footer 365

The Morning View: Mark Warburton and Alan McInally predict problems for Greg Dyke's foreign player reform

Greg Dyke will face many problems reducing non-EU imports - according to Mark Warburton and Sky Sports' Alan McInally

Transfer news: Pep Guardiola says Manchester United couldn't afford his stars

Pep Guardiola says Manchester United 'don't have enough money' to tempt top talent away from Bayern Munich.

Premier League: Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez battling testicular cancer

Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez has revealed he has been receiving treatment for testicular cancer.

Mail Box

B**locks To That, I'm Going To Sit In The Shed

Arsenal supporters given their understandable reaction to the debacle in Dortmund, whilst Liverpool fans weren't too impressed either. Still, at least they won...

Who's More Miserable - Baggies Or Mags?

There's not a lot to choose between the misery of West Brom fans and the misery of Newcastle fans. We have mails on them, 'only QPR' and lots on Man United...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property