Crystal Palace have one point deducted for fielding ineligible Rui Fonte

• Football League impose £20,000 fine
• Arsenal forward's loan deal had expired

Crystal Palace have been deducted one point from their end-of-season total of 57, after the Football League's independent Football Disciplinary Commission found them guilty of using an ineligible player.

Rui Fonte, a Portuguese forward, appeared as a substitute against Sheffield United on the last day of the season, 3 May, but Palace's loan agreement with Arsenal for the player had already expired.

Palace have been docked a point and fined £20,000, of which £15,000 is suspended for one season. The club still finished 15th in the Championship, despite having a reduced total of 56 points.

Rui Fonte had made nine earlier appearances for Palace, who have his brother, the defender Jose Fonte, on their books on a permanent deal.


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Crystal Palace have one point deducted for fielding ineligible Rui Fonte

This article was first published on guardian.co.uk at 21.58 BST on Monday 1 June 2009. It was last updated at 21.58 BST on Monday 1 June 2009.

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