Points boost for Athlone Town as Wexford breach rules

Athlone Town have been given an extra three points in the SSE Airtricity League First Division - after Wexford FC were found to have fielded an ineligible player in four separate matches.

The four matches in which breaches occurred, as determined by the FAI's Appeal Committee, include a game between Wexford and Athlone Town on July 31.

On the field of play, Wexford won that game 3-1 with Kaleem Simon scoring twice and Jack Doherty netting from a penalty, while Ronan Manning scored for the home side.

However, as a consequence of Wexford being found to have fielded an ineligible player, the result has now been changed to a 3-0 win for Athlone.

This means Athlone now have 15 points on the board and are ten points ahead of bottom side Wexford, who drop to a mere five points as a result of the deduction in their tally.

Wexford were also found to have fielded an ineligible player in their matches against Cabinteely FC (August 7), Shamrock Rovers II (August 15) and Cobh Ramblers (August 18). In light of the breaches, Wexford forfeit all the respective matches 3-0.

Athlone Town's next First Division game is against Shamrock Rovers 11 at Tallaght Stadium this Saturday, October 17 (kick-off 3pm).

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