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1995

March 1995

  1. Avoiding points deduction after Matteo

    Dominic Matteo joined Sunderland on loan and played in a match against Barnsley in March 1995 but it later transpired that his registration had not been completed.  Sir Bob recalls the incident and how avoiding…

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    Dominic Matteo joined Sunderland on loan and played in a match against Barnsley in March 1995 but it later transpired that his registration had not been completed.  Sir Bob recalls the incident and how avoiding a points deduction at the time was vital.

    “The Dominic Matteo mix up was a case of Sunderland having to get out of jail. I didn’t find out until after the match what had happened, and until the Matteo case there had never been an example of a club not getting fined and docked points for fielding an illegible player in a competitive match.

    “We couldn’t afford to get docked any points at the time as a reduction could have resulted in relegation, which would have disastrous. I had a good reputation in football so decided to personally go and face the music at the FA and to argue Sunderland’s case. It was not a meeting I’d like to repeat but thankfully we made a strong case and avoided a points deduction.”

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