Clyde forfeit two matches after fielding ineligible player

Clyde have been deducted four points after fielding ineligible player Declan Fitzpatrick in two matches.

Saturday, 9th March 2019, 11:50 am
Updated Saturday, 9th March 2019, 12:07 pm
Declan Fitzpatrick (pictured) is the ineligible player in question

Fitzpatrick was involved as Clyde defeated Albion Rovers 1-0 on February 16, and in the 1-1 draw with Queen's Park at Hampden on February 23.

The results of the two matches have been annulled, essentially meaning that Clyde have been docked four points - with 3-0 victories going to Albion and Queen's Park respectively.

Clyde now sit 11 points adrift of leaders Peterhead in the race for the League Two title, with one game in hand.

This news comes as Clyde travel north to face Elgin City in the league.

A club statement from chairman Dave Dishon reads: "We are deeply disappointed with the outcome of yesterday's hearing as, despite the fact that we admitted the breach of the SPFL rules, we feel that we put forward a robust and cogent case as part of our defence. The case concerned a player, Declan Fitzpatrick, who has been registered with Clyde since September 2018 and was recently on loan at Clydebank.

"The breach occurred as a result of a genuine oversight and a gap in the administrative procedures. This error was not the fault of any individual.

"We feel that the sanction imposed was unprecedentedly harsh.

"As a result of yesterday’s outcome, we have instigated a full review of our roles & responsibilities and logistics in match day operations and we have put in place additional checking procedures to ensure there is no repeat of this breach.

"I understand that the supporters will share our devastation at this news, but we have to try to stayed focused on the rest of the season. For that reason, the Board and I have rejected the offer of two directors to resign from their position.

"Promotion is still a realistic target and that remains our priority. We will continue to give the management and the players our support as they push for promotion.

"The Club now has seven days to decide whether or not to appeal the decision and we will take stock over the weekend and consider our next action. We will make no further comment until the end of this process."