Bristol docked one point
Punished for fielding unregistered player
Last Updated: 25/01/08 11:47am
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Bristol have been docked one point for fielding an unregistered player during the 23-23 draw against Wasps on December 22.
"While we accept our responsibilities in this matter, we are very disappointed that a point that is so difficult to win on the pitch has been lost because of administrative issues."
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That means the Bristol - ninth in the Guinness Premiership - drop to 19 points ahead of Saturday's visit to Worcester.
The decision taken by England Rugby Limited (ERL) relates to the appearance of scrum-half Haydn Thomas as a replacement during the second-half of the draw with Wasps.
He had previously been on loan to National League One club Exeter, but Bristol did not complete his re-registration correctly, making him ineligible under Guinness Premiership regulations.
Bristol will not appeal against the decision. The club's chief executive David White said: "While we accept our responsibilities in this matter, we are very disappointed that a point that is so difficult to win on the pitch has been lost because of administrative issues.
"However, we need to prevent any possible reoccurrence, and we have already introduced a new procedure to ensure that this is the case.
"The club will not be contesting the penalty."