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Outside the Box: Crawley to pay the penalty after fourth points deduction

Having points deducted by the authorities once may be considered a misfortune, but suffering that fate for four seasons running must surely constitute a record. Crawley Town of the Blue Square Premier have just achieved it and this latest punishment may prove the worst yet, ultimately costing them a place in the Football League: until last week, the Sussex club were in the play-off places, but losing four points dropped them to sixth. The whole sad saga, involving an exceedingly colourful cast, began in 2005 with the takeover by the SA Group, owned by the Majeed brothers Chas and Azwar. Chas was initially chairman but failed the Football Association's fit and proper person test when it was revealed that he was an undischarged bankrupt. In their first season, the club breached the competition's agreed wage cap, which brought a £10,000 fine and a deduction of three points. Come June 2006 and, with the finances suddenly dire, the brothers took Crawley into administration, leading to an automatic deduction of 10 points, before selling the club. A year on, and more "financial irregularities" led to a three-point deduction. And before the start of last season, the Conference imposed a six-point punishment for "bringing the league into disrepute". On each occasion, Crawley managed to avoid relegation, finishing 17th, 18th and 15th. This season, with a new consortium having taken over, they were challenging Burton and Histon at the top of the table but have now lost four more points for playing an ineligible player, the former Arsenal striker Isaiah Rankin. Rankin was signed last summer amid much fanfare by Crawley's manager, Steve Evans, whom Boston United fans will remember as having been suspended from football for 20 months after an FA inquiry into contract irregularities at the club in 2002. Meanwhile, Azwar Majeed will next month stand trial on eight charges including allegedly stealing more than £1.4 million, evading tax and perverting the course of justice; he denies all the charges. Last year he received a jail sentence for sending someone else to do his community service after he was found guilty of assault.

Derby suspend Carroll over outburst

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Chester sack manager Davies

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<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/09/why-manchester.html" target="_blank">Ben Chu: Why Manchester United could go bust</a>

I've held off long enough. It's an emotional wrench to suggest that the football club you support is going to go bust. But that, I believe, could be the fate that lies in store for Manchester United.

Clough was 'best manager I ever had,' says Keane

The manager of Sunderland, Roy Keane, marks his second anniversary in charge at the Stadium of Light by returning to former club Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup tonight.

Keegan happy to play waiting game over Owen return

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