Rotherham charge could hand Millwall survival lifeline

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MILLWALL could be handed a lifeline in their battle against relegation with Rotherham facing a points deduction for fielding an ineligible player.

It is claimed the Millers did not formally extend the loan deal of Derby defender Farrend Rawson before he played 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Brighton on April 6.

Rotherham have now been charged by the Football League and an independent panel will determine the club's punishment before the end of the season.

The Lions, who face second-bottom Wigan tomorrow night, are seven points adrift of the Yorkshire side with a game in hand.

Last year, the Football League handed out a three-point deduction and a fine to AFC Wimbledon after they fielded an ineligible player in a 4-3 victory over Cheltenham.

Blackpool were fined £30,000 earlier this season for the same rule breach when Donervon Daniels played in a 2-1 defeat at The Den.

But given that Daniels' involvement did not prevent Millwall from winning the game, there was no points deduction.

A fine in this instance would almost certainly prompt an appeal or legal challenge from other clubs at the bottom of the Championship table.

A Football League board meeting is scheduled to take place on Thursday, when the timeline for Rotherham's discplinary hearing is likely to be determined.

Millwall have released a statement confirming that they are aware of the governing body's investigation but will be making no further comment.

Rotherham have said: "The case will be heard before the Football Disciplinary Committee and such proceedings under league rules are confidential until the case is concluded.

"Therefore we have been advised by our counsel Jim Sturman QC to make no further comment until the case is concluded."

Sturman successfully defended Millwall from two Football Association charges in 2009 following crowd disorder at West Ham.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

41 thoughts on “Rotherham charge could hand Millwall survival lifeline

  • April 13, 2015 at 15:00
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    They reckon that he played a huge hand in the game as well, got sum votes in the best players. That's disgraceful!!

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  • April 13, 2015 at 15:04
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    Three point deduction
    Brighton to be awarded 3-0 victory
    So the dogbotherers will be three points down and four goals worse off (goal difference)
    The great escape could be on

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  • April 13, 2015 at 15:12
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    f****** liberty ! got to award 3-0 win to Brighton

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  • April 13, 2015 at 15:20
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    3 points off Rovrum great news beat Wigan tomorrow Rovrum lose to Fulham Wednesday..........that Rovrum bloke is our player of the season

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    • April 13, 2015 at 19:57
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      @SE17 Lion: quality - bit like Christian Daily years ago in the poll of players of the year and the other fella - own goal I think his name is !

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  • April 13, 2015 at 15:29
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    I'd give them automatic relegation - the cheating bast,ards.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 15:35
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    Football "authorities" FFS. Whether you win a game or lose it; the punishment should surely be the same.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 15:41
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    Recent Cases...................

    3 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player.
    Jake Nicholson came on a sub for the start of the second half for AFC Wimbledon's home game with Cheltenham Town on Saturday 22nd March 2014 and scored a goal in the 4-3 victory. Nicholson had joined Wimbledon from Morton on a renewable monthly contract and his first month ended on March 19th. Unfortunately a bout of illness at the club meant that officials overlooked extending the contract on March 20th and so when he played two days later he was unregistered and so ineligible to play.

    When Torquay met Hereford in a League 2 match on Tuesday 1st February 2011 points were vital for both clubs but the end result was minus one point from the match. The visitors won 3-1 but both clubs fielded ineligible players - Jake Robinson for Torquay and Rob Purdie for Hereford. Both played for the full 90 minutes - Robinson scored for Torquay - but although both players had signed for their clubs the previous day - transfer deadline day - neither signing had been registered with the Football League by the midnight deadline. Hereford were docked the 3 points they had won and Torquay had one point deducted.

    3 points deducted for fielding an ineligible player
    Hartlepool had three points deducted for fielding an ineligible player. Gary Liddle played for them in their 2-0 home victory over Brighton on 5th April 2010 when he should have been sitting out the first of a two-match suspension after picking up his 10th booking of the season in United's previous game. Hartlepool lost the three points earned against Brighton and also suffered a suspended fine of £10,000.

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    • April 13, 2015 at 15:49
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      @eio: Football League rule 42.2 Any Club playing an unregistered or ineligible Player in a League Match may have three points deducted from its score and/or be liable to such other penalty as the Board may decide.

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      • April 14, 2015 at 10:15
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        @eio: Astonishing.... so that means what exactly? Ah, I see; 3 point deduction - OR - whatever they feel like on the day. Perhaps they should ask Herr Blatter for some advice and guidance on how to make it fair and equitable.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 15:48
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    If we beat wigan, they'll get a finger wagged at them with a "don't do it again"

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  • April 13, 2015 at 15:50
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    When did the FA ever do us a favour, they'll get a fine and nothing more.

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    • April 13, 2015 at 21:29
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      @glyngo: The FA will not give a points deduction because it gives us a real chance of staying up. Couldn't agree more.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 16:01
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    From the Derby Telegraph
    "ROTHERHAM United have been charged by the Football League for allegedly fielding Derby County defender Farrend Rawson when he was not eligible.
    Rawson has been on loan with the Millers for the past month, making four appearances.
    The charge relates to the match against Brighton & Hove Albion on Easter Monday, which Rotherham won 1-0.

    The Yorkshire club were keen to extend Rawson's loan stay.

    It is understood Derby were happy for that to happen but Rotherham were unable to get the Football League to sanction the deal.The teenager is now back with the Rams."

    The telling quote is that "Rotherham were unable to get the Football League to sanction the deal"....
    so Football League must have known about this since Easter...........

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  • April 13, 2015 at 16:04
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    They won't do us a favour no chance, Brighton must fight this all the way for the points !

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  • April 13, 2015 at 16:32
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    We are Millwall - you know what will happen - they will deduct them 3 points - the we'll lose to Wigan - i can see this a mile off!!!

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  • April 13, 2015 at 16:39
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    It would seem from the precedents set, that the league will have no choice but to deduct the three points and award the game to brighton. Like ourselves, brighton are in no position to look a gift horse in the mouth. I know the league don't usually do us any favours bu 'dems is the rules' and I can't see them siding against two member clubs. Unless there are extreme mitigating circumstances that we don't know about, I can't see how the league can do anything other than deduct the three points. If we beat Wigan tomorrow night, it could be game on!!!

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  • April 13, 2015 at 16:42
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    Lancslion@ ,, nice one mate.. After Saturday match been down in dumps .. Not even after children bought me a weekend in Roman for birthday have I smiled but you did it CHEERS ! !

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  • April 13, 2015 at 16:49
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    Neil Harris walks on water......our messiah........

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    • April 13, 2015 at 18:15
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      I don't know if any of you have heard but I saw and interview with Harry Redknapp on Goals On Sunday? I'm not sure maybe SSN but when he was asked about potential management he said he'd want to manage along side a young coach to teach him the ropes and a Championship side to get them up. So if we were to survive would you like to see a Harris and Redknapp partnership? Whether he played for WHU or not I think it'd be great. Like for Yes, Dislike for No.
      COYL!

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  • April 13, 2015 at 17:45
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    I can not stop laughing about this ... the boys who work for me are a bit worried that i may have turned as i keep running around our workshop hugging everybody ... its just so f=======g funny ...
    The sun has got his hat on hip hip hip horay ......

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  • April 13, 2015 at 17:48
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    The law states the offending club MAY have 3 points deducted OR a fine.
    Guarantee they get a fine. Let's just leave it now and stop clutching at straws, it's out of our hands. Let's just beat Wigan.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 18:08
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    Wigan are saying the same as us ....tomorrows game is like a play off match .....both teams have to win COME ON YOU LIONS

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    • April 13, 2015 at 18:17
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      And manager of WHU*
      (For my comment) ^^^

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  • April 13, 2015 at 18:39
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    I'd be very surprised if the FA do anything to prevent Millwall being relegated. Expect a smack on the bottom and a 30 grand fine for Rotherham.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 18:44
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    I don't understand why there isn't a blanket ruling for cases of fielding ineligible players. The FA should decide whether deducting points OR imposing fines is most suitable.

    That way there can be no favouritism or controversy, as choosing to fine some clubs and deduct points from others for committing the same offences seems ridiculous to me.

    Just stick to one punishment, with the level of severity depending on how badly the clubs have broken the rules. i.e. -1 point for 1 ineligible player, -3 points for 2 etc.

    Then there would be none of this uncertainty and we can focus on the remaining games before the punishment is given officially!?

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  • April 13, 2015 at 19:18
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    Both us and Wigan will see this as an opportunity to save our unworthy necks, first things first, if we don't beat Wigan it's all over even if Rotherham do lose 3 pts. Gotta say though, they play this lad and get a win against an improving Brighton team, a feat they have seemed incapable of before and since that game.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 19:41
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    Shame it wernt us he played against. I would be cracking open the bubbly. But means nothing if we don't beat Wigan. Need all the wall to rock the place tomorrow milllllllllllllllllllllll

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  • April 13, 2015 at 20:14
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    Forget Rotherham bottom line is if a team loses tomoro there down we just have to make sure it isn't us anything outside the club is a bonus. But focus on our own games and our own results.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 20:29
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    Now even more important to get down the Den and put the fear of God into Wigan, we owe them big time.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 20:57
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    I WILL BE WRITING PERSONALLY TO THE 'POWERS TO BE' IF ROTHERHAM GET AWAY WITH THIS ONE.NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE.STORMIN' NORMAN.

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  • April 13, 2015 at 21:04
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    Have got my match program & VIP tickets in frame of millwall v Wigan wembley Auto shield final.. I won tickets on Lbc radio.. Gave then to wife and sister.. Went with the boys... We do owe then one.. Come on my belove millwall do it for us.. Do it for your selfs ..

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  • April 13, 2015 at 23:22
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    Personally I would rather do without this and focus on staying up on merit.

    I can't see the point of fighting the drop year on year. Sooner or later it needs it needs to either change for the better or go the other way and go down with the view to a clear out/restructure.

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  • April 14, 2015 at 07:40
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    Seeing as Brighton are not out of the s*** yet, and the game in question
    involved them, I should think they would like Rovrum to get points deducted.
    (not to mention Wigan). So, it's not just about us.
    It all means nothing unless we start picking up points, starting tonight.
    If we can't beat Wigan at home, it sums up this season really.

    Personally I think the season went tits up when the Clown went to see
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and came back with his stupid vision*.
    What an a*** he was.

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  • April 14, 2015 at 10:37
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    Before we all get to carried away lets remember the powers that be want us as far away from the premiership as possible to hand us a life line would be going against everything ive witnessed in the last 35 years of supporting Millwall . Even changing the rules just this once would come as no surprise to most of us .

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    • April 14, 2015 at 10:57
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      @mfc2u: check out ELO's post above re Rule 42.2 - = there IS no rule. They make it up as they go along.

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  • April 14, 2015 at 15:40
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    Cheating b****** they are definitely going down fingers cross COYL

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  • April 14, 2015 at 16:14
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    If it came down to a last game decider, who would trust that Leeds would play to win against Rotherham?

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