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'Pool Fined For 'Understrength Team'

'Pool Fined For 'Understrength Team'

Blackpool have been fined £25,000 by the Premier League following an investigation into the team selected by 'Pool manager Ian Holloway for last November's away game against Aston Villa.

Ollie made a raft of changes for the game which 'Pool lost 3-2 to a last minute goal, prompting the Premier League's investigation.

However, the manager vehemently defended his selection to both the media and the Premier League, famously stating that he would tender his resignation should he be found guilty of playing a weakened side.

It was believed that the issue had been swept under the carpet after Arsenal were not investigated for making eight changes against Wigan (a game that they drew), but the Premier League has found BFC guilty of breaching rules B.13 and E.20 after considering the team fielded by the Seasiders in other Premier League games this season as well as the side fielded against Southampton in the FA Cup earlier this month.

'Pool have been given a fortnight to appeal the decision, but more interesting will be manager Ian Holloway's reaction - will he stick to his guns and tender his resignation?

As always, we'll have all the news as it happens on Vital.

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Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Thursday January 27 2011
Time: 4:52PM


Complete and utter joke. Nothing will be done with Arsenal, I assume? All because the media made nothing out of their 8 changes. It's OK, because they do it all the time and their backups are stronger than ours... The whole situation is wrong.
27/01/2011 16:56:00
I think this stinks and if it stands then the scum should get the same punishment! I hope BFC appeal this decision & good luck! COYS
27/01/2011 17:16:00
Course he wont resign, all bluster this clown, he can pay it with the dodgy back hander from the Charlie Adam sale!
Stourbridge Villan
27/01/2011 17:30:00
I'm sick of this rule that only seems to apply to smaller squads. Fine ManU or Arsenal, then come talk to me. Ridiculous!
27/01/2011 17:54:00
The fine itself is very stupid as the 25man squad doesn't make much sense then? But last year they fined mick mccarthy for doing it so it would be very unfair if they did not fine holloway. Wouldn't surprise me if he retired the mans an idiot.
27/01/2011 18:13:00
Appaulling decision. You could very easily of beaten us that day and what would the idiots say at the FA then? You're right, one rule for the Sky 4, another for the rest. FA idiots, idiots, idiots as usual.
27/01/2011 18:31:00
I don't know how big your squad is, but to lose 3-2, to a last minute goal, hardly indicates a weakened team, they should ban that bloody ref, who never gave you a pen vs manure, any other part of the pitch, he would have given a foul, but bottled out....Rafael's brother say's; he does not remember a lot, shame he ever got up. little $hit.....................
spu 4 life
27/01/2011 18:38:00
ha ha .. funny as.... spu.... , well what do u expect, refs alwys bottle it when fergie around.. as to the fine.... wtf is that about... what is the rule... can you change 8...9... or 10 ,at what point do u get fined , does anyone know??? and.... if you changed 7 at the started then subbed 3 in the first half would you still get fined.... what a load of *********... may as well scrap the 25 man squad.... oh, see we still got the bitter villa fans on here.... going on about adam..... ya had a lucky 2 wins on the trot.... ya still below us and played more games..... i think the villan who put on here want houllier wants, houllier gets looks a dick now.... lol
27/01/2011 19:33:00
Children these days ^^
27/01/2011 19:52:00
Totally correct decision. Don't give me all the nonsense about squads. The Premier League has to focus on a fair league. If a team makes 10 changes they will automatically be the focus of a 'weakened team' approach. What if this happened on the last day of the season and a team with 10 changes (as in this case with their best player (Charlie Adam) as substitute) lost to save the team they were playing and send another team down, would all managers accept that? I'm sure the manager of the relegated team might have a different opinion. All Premier League clubs signed up to the rule at the beginning of the season. As far as Arse or any other club is concerned, the same rules apply. Fine 'em all.
27/01/2011 19:53:00
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