Club Statement

AFC Liverpool Website

AFC Liverpool have been deducted three points from their playing record in the Hallmark Security Premier League

The club was found to be in breach of League Rule 6.9: Playing an ineligible player. This relates to an appearance by Freddie Potter in the AFC Liverpool vs. Barnoldswick Town fixture on Saturday 13th August 2016 whilst still registered with Runcorn Linnets.

On the 3rd August 2016– AFC Liverpool emailed a seven day notice to Runcorn Linnets and the League Registration Secretary to initiate a transfer of Freddie Potter. On the same day, Runcorn Linnets issued a statement on their official website stating they had decided to release the player.

Freddie Potter was informed he was free to sign for AFC Liverpool and he completed a registration form for the club. This was faxed twice to the League Registration Secretary on 11th August 2016 by the then club matchday secretary, however changes to the registration rules in effect from the beginning of this season meant this registration method was no longer the preferred process.

On 13th August 2016, Freddie Potter was named in AFC Liverpool’s squad for the home match with Barnoldswick Town. He came on as a 67th minute substitute during that game. The AFC Liverpool matchday secretary at the time was not in attendance for that match. No communication had been received by club officials regarding any problem with the transfer, and an assumption was made on the day that the transfer was completed. In fact, the League had not received a cancellation of an existing registration for the player, nor had a final transfer form been completed between the two clubs.

On 14th August, AFC Liverpool chairman Chris Stirrup was informed of the problem with paperwork, and the club was subsequently charged with a breach of League Rule 6.9. The club requested a hearing to answer the charge. This hearing took place on 19th October 2016

Following the hearing, the League Disciplinary Committee decided that the charge was proved, and that the player concerned had played for the club whilst still being a registered player of Runcorn Linnets. Written confirmation of this decision was received on 24th October.

League rules state that it is the club’s responsibility to ensure that any new registration is correct and has been accepted before fielding any player. Inn relation to this particular transfer, neither a cancellation form had been submitted, nor had a transfer form been fully completed.

As such, AFC Liverpool was subject to a fine as per the League Fines Tariff, and the points gained in the match are now deducted from the club’s playing record.

The club were informed that they had the right of appeal to The Football Association but after careful consideration decided not to pursue this option.

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