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Sunderland Punished For Fielding Ineligible Player

8 years ago

It has just been revealed that Sunderland were caught fielding an ineligible player by the Premier League earlier this season.

‘Striker’ Ji Dong-Won appeared against Southampton, Fulham, Manchester United and Palace earlier this season in the Premier League.

The Mackems were discovered to have failed to get international clearance for the South Korean after he returned from a loan spell at Bundesliga club Augsburg last season.

Sunderland hadn’t realised that they needed to seek international clearance once again when he returned from Germany.

Sadly the Mackems have not been deducted any points and have instead been fined for Ji playing in the Premier League and a separate fine for the player also playing against Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital One Cup.

In the four Premier League matches that Ji did play in, Sunderland only won one point in a draw with Southampton.

However, there could be some unhappy people at Fulham and/or Palace if that one point ended up keeping the Mackems in the Premier League.

As a postscript to the story, Ji was allowed to go back to Augsburg in January until the end of this season and has already  agreed a four year contract with Champion League quarter finalists Borussia Dortmund, who are also currently second placed in the Bundesliga.

Not good enough for Sunderland but good enough for second best team in Germany, strange.


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