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Gateshead docked one point following “administrative error” National League rule breach

2J1KYMX GATESHEAD, UK. MAR 26TH Gateshead’s Greg Olley during the Vanarama National League North match between Gateshead and Bradford Park Avenue at the Gateshead International Stadium, Gateshead on Saturday 26th March 2022. (Credit: Michael Driver | MI News) Credit: MI News & Sport /Alamy Live News

Gateshead have been docked one point by a National League panel admist a rule breach of rule 6.9 this morning, which could prove critical for the team’s survival hopes.

National League rule 6.9 says that “any club found to have played an ineligible Player in a match or matches shall have any points gained from that match or matches deducted from its record, up to a maximum up 12 points, and have levied upon it a fine.”

It isn’t known at this stage which player the charge relates to.

A club statement added: “Substantial mitigating factors were presented to an Independent Panel at a National League hearing regarding the case, but the club has ultimately accepted the charge of a one-point deduction following an administrative error which led to an ilegible player appearing in a National League fixture.”

Gateshead are up next at home on Saturday against play-off chasing Chesterfield where they hope to keep some momentum as Mike Williamson’s side looks to stay up at the end of the season.