A Points Deduction Which Invites Conspiracy Theories


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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5 Responses

  1. John Beech says:

    Yet another example of the dysfunctional nature of points deduction as a sanction. See http://wwwm.coventry.ac.uk/researchnet/CIBS/Documents/CIBS%20WP08.pdf for a full analysis.

    Arlesey fans can take heart from the fact that Arsenal won the old Division 1 title in 1990 in spite of having points deducted, one of seven similar cases.

  2. Nathan says:

    Wimbledon were initially deducted 18 points, not 17, for writing “None” in a box saying “Previous club(s) this season” on Jermaine Darlington’s Ryman League player registration form.

    It was only reduced to 3 after an appeal
    to the FA that the Ryman League were against but forced into under their own rules (which are rules).

    Even those three points cost the club a home play-off semi-final and seriously damaged the club’s promotion prospects that season.

    The club was also ejected from the FA Trophy, Surrey Senior Cup and fined £20,000.

  3. maliniok says:

    Well done to Arlesey! They’ve made it!

  4. Russell Edwards says:

    Blatantly the 9 point deduction was set at a level to make the game a title decided. I see the crowd was over 1500, which may make whoever made the decision feel vindicated.

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