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Millers to appeal against points deduction

Rotherham United say they will appeal against a decision by the Football League to deduct three points from them for fielding an ineligible player.

Rotherham United FC are very disappointed by the decision to deduct 3 points for fielding a player who was ineligible purely because of an administrative error. It is our view that true sports fans want to see competitions settled on the pitch and not to have them affected by what happens in disciplinary proceedings. We await the reasoned judgement of the FDC and once we have received it we will issue our appeal after discussion with Jim Sturman QC. In the meantime we are confident that our team possesses the will and spirit to ensure that the points deduction is academic by securing our Championship status on the pitch. It would not be appropriate to make any further comment on this matter until after the appeal process has been concluded.

– Rotherham United official statement

Three points deduction for Rotherham for fielding ineligible player

Rotherham will be deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player against Brighton on April 6, the Football League has announced.

Credit: Press Association

The Millers were sanctioned by the Football League after they played Derby defender Farrend Rawson in their 1-0 win on Easter Monday after his youth loan had expired and the paperwork over an extension was not dealt with correctly.

It plunges Steve Evans' side deep into the Sky Bet Championship relegation mire as they are now just a point above Millwall who occupy the final spot in the bottom three and two better off than second-bottom Wigan.

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Gray happy at Hillsborough despite advisor appointments

Sheffield Wednesday Head Coach Stuart Gray assured fans he is happy at Hillsborough after the club's new owners appointed a former manager and club owner to work with him.

Former Hull City owner Adam Pearson and ex-Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder were appointed earlier this week.

But today Gray assured fans he is entirely happy with the situation.

Redfearn moves to avoid criticising so-called Charlton six

Leeds United's head coach Neil Redfearn has had a firefighting exercise today at his weekly news conference ahead of Saturday's championship derby at Sheffield Wednesday.

Redfearn was at pains to avoid criticism of the six foreign players who unexpectedly pulled out of last weekend's match at Charlton - widely seen by the fans as a move to undermine his position.

And he also tried to deflect questions about his own future at Elland Road.

Millers wait on point deduction decision

Manager Steve Evans has revealed Rotherham will find out whether they will be deducted points for fielding an ineligible player before the weekend.

Farrend Rawson was on loan at Rotherham from Derby County Credit: Press Association

The Millers were sanctioned by the Football League last week as they played Derby defender Farrend Rawson in their 1-0 win over Brighton on Easter Monday after his youth loan had expired and the paperwork over an extension was not dealt with correctly.

They have had to endure a nervy wait to discover their fate after the league said a disciplinary panel would hear the case at "the earliest opportunity", while also indicating that the club will be open to the "full range of punishments", which includes a potential points deduction.

The three-man panel is finally set to meet on Thursday, with Evans expecting news of his club's fate in the next 24 hours

"It's going to happen very soon," the Scot, whose side host Norwich on Saturday, said. "It's not my job to talk when it is and when it's not, it will be soon enough.

"I've been told this morning that we hope it will be concluded by the time we arrive here on Saturday, whether that's today or tomorrow I am not 100 per cent sure."

The Millers have vowed to fight the charge, hiring top QC Jim Sturman to defend them, but a three-point deduction is thought to be the likeliest punishment should they be found guilty.

But Evans insists he does not know the strength of his club's defence and has not been involved.

"I am not involved in the case, all I know is the chairman that has spent many hours heading the football club on this with a legal representative, I've not been involved in any of the meetings because it is not my department," he added.

"I have almost been kept at a distance.

"You have to accept there's been an error. Certainly, knowing people inside this football club, no one means to make an error.

"I don't want to cast judgement on people who make genuine mistakes. I have made enough of them. I have often said that in my career and I mean it."

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Liverpool fans protest Hull City ticket prices

Two leading Liverpool FC supporter groups have announced plans to boycott their team's trip to the KC later this month because of the away ticket price of £48.

Liverpool fans protest Hull City ticket prices

Spirit of Shankley say that the mark up in price compared to the same fixture last season and compared to other Premier League games at the KC this season is unfair.

With support of the Spion Kop 1906 group, the Spirit of Shankly Management Committee have decided that we will not be attending this match. Instead, we will hold a demonstration at Anfield to voice our displeasure at the disgraceful pricing of Premier League tickets.

In solidarity, many of the regular independent coaches that are organised and travel from Liverpool will also not betravelling to this fixture. Fans can simply not afford to attend every game at the prices that are currently set.

We would encourage fans to join us on that night to tell the money men of the Premier League cartel that they cannot continue to charge exorbitant prices, whilst making obscene amounts of money. This wealth should be shared and passed back to the lifeblood of the game, the supporters.

– Spirit of Shankley

Hull City are yet to comment on the protests.

Barnsley announce Puma kit deal

Barnsley FC has announced that Puma and Genesis Sports will supply the club's technical and replica kits as well as training gear.

Barnsley announce Puma kit deal Credit: Barnsley FC

The deal begins from the start of next season.

We are thrilled and delighted to have entered into a partnership with such a leading brand as PUMA. This new Technical Kit deal once again demonstrates the significant progress that has been made commercially here at Barnsley Football Club.

– Barnsley FC Chief Executive Ben Mansford

We are happy to become the official kit and training wear provider for Barnsley Football Club. It is a good club with a strong heritage and we're looking forward to working with all aspects of the Club.

– Ruth How, Head of Marketing UKIB

Owls Vice Chairman to leave club

Sheffield Wednesday has announced that the club's Vice Chairman, Paul Aldridge, will leave Hillsborough at the end of next season.

The news follows the appointments of Adam Pearson and Glenn Roeder as advisors to new chairman Dejphon Chansiri.

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