Neil Adams focuses on Norwich City’s Premier League survival struggle rather than Sunderland points spat
22:24 04 May 2014
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Neil Adams admitted he had enough to worry about without getting embroiled in Norwich City’s request for Premier League clarification surrounding Sunderland’s financial penalty for fielding an ineligible player.
According to national press reports on the eve of Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea, City along with already relegated rivals Cardiff and Fulham, were ready to contest the Premier League’s original verdict to fine the Black Cats for playing Ji Dong-won earlier this season with incomplete registration.
Sunderland were fined rather than had points deducted after irregularities emerged following a loan spell for the South Korean international in German football. City have not issued an official response but Adams revealed he is aware of the on-going issue.
“It is not for me. I am not ducking that one. It is for the board and the legal team at the club,” he said. “I’m sure they will look at it and if there is something there that is for them. It is not a football-related matter so I don’t feel I need to comment on it. Obviously I am well aware of what happens. They are aware of the situation like I am but my brief is purely football matters.”
The oversight came to light when Ji’s name was omitted from a list of Sunderland players sent to world governing body FIFA for doping purposes. The Press Association reported earlier in the day the Premier League’s internal investigation found an online form had not been properly submitted to FIFA and given the technical nature of the error the Premier League board opted to fine the north-east club. That remains the Premier League’s stated position despite reports the Canaries, Cardiff and Fulham have written to the authorities to query the original verdict.