An MP has demanded answers from the Football League over their decision to dock Hereford three points for fielding an ineligible player.
The punishment has left the League Two side in danger of dropping out of the Football League altogether.
Hereford were docked three points and Torquay one after both fielded an ineligible player in the same League Two match.
Damian Collins MP, who sits on the Parliamentary culture, media and sport committee, has now queried with the league why Hereford were given a harsher punishment.
Collins, who grew up in Hereford, says in a letter to the league's chief operating officer Andy Williams: "I would be interested to learn of the Football League's reasoning in docking three points from Hereford United but only one point from Torquay United for the same offence committed during the same match.
"Should not the penalty have been equal for both teams? It also seems to be a particularly significant issue for Hereford, as they may be relegated as a result. This seems to be a harsh and disproportionate penalty in the circumstances."
Collins added that as the Football League had already given evidence to the committee's inquiry into football governance he would not have an opportunity to ask them about the issue in person.
He said: "This seems to be a genuine oversight by Hereford but if sanctions are to be imposed then surely they should at least be consistent.
"There seems no reason for Hereford to be docked three points and Torquay only one for the same offence."
Rob Purdie was the Hereford player involved. Torquay's striker Jake Robinson, on loan from Shrewsbury, was not eligible to play in the February 1 fixture either, which Hereford won 3-1 at Plainmoor.