WODONGA Diamonds have lost three competition points and been fined for playing an ineligible player against Twin City two weeks ago.
But the club will appeal the decision and said it has legal advice it is in the right.
Each Friday the Albury-Wodonga Football Association emails a list of players who are ineligible to play because they have exceeded the five yellow card limit or are serving a suspension.
Diamonds president Paul Millynn said the list on that Friday did not include midfielder Ben Whitehead and he took the field in the 3-1 win two days later.
“But a week later AWFA realised that Whitehead should have missed another week and reversed the result of the match,” he said.
“It seems to have been an administrative error where Ben was ineligible to play against Benalla in the preceding round but that is a bye for the seniors so the association is saying he didn’t serve his suspension for the grade he was yellow-carded in.
“But we have had legal advice that says the email was a clearance and that we were OK to play him in the game against Twin City.
“We want the three points back and will call on the management committee, that includes all the clubs and meets next Monday, to overturn the decision.”
AWFA secretary Garry Brew said it would let the appeal follow its natural course.
“The list we send to the clubs is computer generated and intended to be an advice only,” he said.
“The rules are quite clear and that includes that the onus for handling players, who have been either suspended or who have exceeded the yellow card limit, lies with the clubs themselves.
“It was a matter discussed by the executive ... the decision was made to deduct the points, reverse the result because Diamonds had played an ineligible player.”
Millynn said the decision wouldn’t rob the club of the league title but it would fight on principle.
“We need to be able to trust that list and if AWFA got it wrong then we believe we shouldn’t be penalised,” he said.