Pools protest innocence
Chris Tuner believes Hartlepool are innocent after being charged with fielding an ineligible player.
Last Updated: 12/04/10 11:51am
Hartlepool director of sport Chris Tuner believes Hartlepool are innocent after being charged with fielding an ineligible player in the Easter Monday victory over Brighton.
The Football Association brought the charge against the League One relegation battlers following their selection of midfielder Gary Liddle, who should have been serving a two-match ban.
Brighton manager Gus Poyet has called for the Seagulls to be awarded the points which he believes should be docked from Pools, which could have a significant impact in the fight at the foot of the table.
Hartlepool and Liddle, who has also been charged, have until 26th April to respond to the FA, with the club currently four points above the relegation zone in 17th place.
However, Turner revealed Pools were "informed by the FA on Tuesday morning he was suspended for the Brighton game" and hopes "common sense prevails".
Sunday league stuff
Turner added in The Journal: "I believe we are innocent and three or four different things have conspired to the situation and the FA, so I am led to believe, are understanding about it.
"The bottom line is, what manager or coach in the world would select a player to play in a team if he was not eligible to play?
"It is less than Sunday league stuff. End of story."
With half-a-dozen teams involved in a relegation battle, Poyet feels "for the sake of fair competition" the points should be awarded to Brighton.
Poyet told his club's official website: "I am sure Hartlepool did not realise he was suspended.
"It was not a case of cheating, but they made a mistake and that player should not have been on the pitch so the three points should go to the opposition.
"They cannot just deduct the points from Hartlepool. For the sake of fair competition we should be awarded them. All teams play 46 games in a season so it would be unfair if we only played 45 matches.
"The Football League has to be careful with the decision they make.
"It does not matter if they did it with intention or not, the only decision they can make in this instance - and I would say the same if my team were the guilty party - is to give the three points to the opposition."