Sunderland field ineligible player: Relegation threatened side 'will not face points deduction' for playing Ji Dong-won
Friday 04 April 2014
Sunderland are confident they will not face further punishment for allegedly fielding Ji Dong-won in four games for which he was ineligible.
Sources on Wearside have revealed the club considers the matter closed after a report on Tuesday evening claimed they had been fined in December after they made the Premier League aware that they did not have international clearance for the striker.
Sunderland are confident they fulfilled their responsibilities when the administrative error came to light, and insist there is no ongoing investigation amid speculation that the relegation-threatened club could yet be docked points.
It is also understood that club secretary Liz Coley left her job in December to take up a new position, not as a result of the issue with Ji.
The 22-year-old South Korea international, who was registered with the Premier League and was included in the 25-man squad the club announced in August, made four appearances, three as a substitute against Fulham, Southampton and Manchester United and once from the start at Crystal Palace before the mistake was discovered.
Only the 1-1 draw at Southampton on 24 August saw Sunderland rewarded with a point. However, Ji also played in the Capital One Cup second round against MK Dons, which Sunderland won 4-2 on their way to the final.
Neither the club nor the Premier League was available for comment. The confusion seems to stem from Ji’s return to Wearside after a successful loan spell with the Bundesliga club Augsburg last season. But he soon returned to Germany, this time on a permanent deal, in January having made two more senior appearances.
Ji initially arrived from Chunnam Dragons for £2m in June 2011 during Steve Bruce’s spell in charge, but started only six senior games, although he did score the winner against Manchester City on New Year’s Day 2012.
Latest in Sport
Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce: Manchester United striker 'agrees to personal terms' with Turkish side
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs posts bizarre video of his Miami holiday being invaded by an iguana
Women's World Cup 2015: England secure third place as they beat Germany in extra time with penalty by Fara Williams
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners will only consider 'astronomical offer' from Atletico Madrid for Santi Cazorla
Why is it that there’s no women’s team at Manchester United? - Michael Calvin
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 4 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
- 5 German man found living with 300 rats in tiny apartment
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll