U’s profit from Hammers Trophy points deduction

Colchester United have progressed into the knockout stages of the Papa John’s Trophy after West Ham United’s under 21 side were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player.

Ajibola Alese turned out for the East Londoners at Gillingham, despite picking up bookings in their opening Southern Group ‘A’ ties with Ipswich Town and the U’s.

A statement posted on Colchester United’s official website confirmed:

Having received yellow cards in each of the previous two group fixtures, Ajibola Alese was suspended from playing and unavailable for selection, though featured in the fixture which West Ham United U21s won 2-0.

In accordance with Rule 30 of the Papa John’s Trophy, following consideration of all available evidence, the EFL Board has also determined that alongside the three-point penalty, Gillingham will now be awarded the £10,000 win bonus as compensation for the costs of hosting the fixture, though no further financial penalty will be imposed on West Ham United for the breach in light of mitigating factors put forward by the club.

The EFL Board considered this matter by way of correspondence and reached a decision prior to kick off in the fixture between Ipswich Town and Colchester United.

West Ham United’s points tally for the Group stage will now total three points and the Club will finish third in Southern Group A, with Colchester United now progressing to the next stage of the competition in second place.


Brian Jeeves

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