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Hearts to drop to the relegation zone for fielding an unqualified player

Published on: 18 March 2020
Hearts to drop to the relegation zone for fielding an unqualified player
Hearts of Oak

Hearts of Oak are set to be docked six points after it has emerged the Phobians fielded an unqualified player in Emmanuel Nettey in their league match against Elmina Sharks.

The midfielder is said to have accumulated three yellow cards prior to the side's 1-1 stalemate against Sharks where he featured prominently.

Nettey received his first caution against AshantiGold at home on match Day-8 on February 6 before picking a second against Bechem United on match Day-10 on February 16 in Accra and his third was recorded against Karela United at the Akoon Park in Tarkwa on February 19, 2020.

He sat out of the side's 2-0 win over Danbort FC in the FA Cup onĀ  February 23 and returned to the pitch against Elmina Sharks on March 1.

The decision to field him against the Fearsome Sharks is in sharp contrast to the controversial amended regulations of the Ghana FA which clearly stipulates thatĀ  "Cautions received during one competition are not carried over another competition''

In accordance with 33(1)(e) and 33 (2) of the Premier League Regulations, Hearts will lose the match and accordingly, three(3) points and three (3) goals awarded Elmina Sharks.

Hearts will further lose three (3) points from its accumulated 21 points from previous matches in accordance with Article 33(5)(a) of the Premier League Regulations.

This will leave them with 15 points and see them drop to 15th position.

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