Blackpool Fined £25,000

Blackpool have been fined a hefty sum of £25,000 for fielding a weakened team against Aston Villa on the 10th November, last year.

Manager Ian Holloway had made 10 changes for the encounter and Holloway explained the reason was that “We’ve got four games in 12 days and the lads I’ve played every week are struggling to keep up the level.”

The match itself resulted in an Aston Villa win, with James Collins netting the winner in the last-minute to give the Villains a 3-2 win.

The FA took note of the large number of changes made and subsequently charged Holloway’s Blackpool as a result, a fine which has probably infuriated Holloway.

A similar incident occurred last season when Mick McCarthy’s Wolves were charged £25,000 for committing a similar offence when they fielded a severely weakened side for their visit to Old Trafford in December 2009.



About Dylan O'Neill

Football mad Irish 20-year-old. Living in Dublin so I've had a keen interest in League of Ireland for the last 2-3 years and used to write about it on, focusing mainly on UCD's limited fortunes as well as the Irish national team. I started to merge this interest with gambling two years ago to moderate success so have continued to do so since! View all posts by Dylan O'Neill

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