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Still not getting this are we?
Can we point to the specific rule which was broken? LUFC apparently followed what it believed were rules applying to 'exceptional circumstances' - see previous post.
Not yet seen the official report but a sports lawyer on local radio has made the following analysis of the key findings up.
The ruling of the hearing effectively says that;
1. LUFC are to blame for a late appeal - documentary evidence shows that the club tried to appeal from 30th August
2. the appeal fails on the grounds LUFC signed an agreement not to appeal. As this agreement was signed under duress - specifically 'if you don't sign, we are taking our ball home and you can't play with us anymore' - it is hard to see what else any club would have done in the circumstances.
3. there are failings within the rules - specifically mentioning a lack of clarity - implying that these rules will be changed soon. I'm guessing that at least two current FL clubs will be hoping the rules change this coming summer or we will expect two clubs to be looking at a -15pt start next season.
4. to change the original ruling would have an impact on the clubs currently challenging for 2nd place. Once again, this represents a vested interest - the FL would be open to action from whoever finished third.
The bottom line is, it appears that the governing body makes up its rules on the hoof as and hopes no-one will challenge them.
By the way John, if this had been LFC and not LUFC, I doubt it would have gone the way it has. They managed to get a qualifying berth for the champions league a couple of seasons ago on the basis of pub pool rules - winner stays on - despite not making the cut in the premier league.