MATHEW WAGNER - Tuesday, November 13, 2012
After almost single-handedly keeping Hønefoss alive for much of the season, Steve Clark might have a hand in relegating his team.
The Norges Fotballforbund (NFF) ruled last Friday to deduct one point from Hønefoss in the 2012 standings and levied an $8,670 fine against the team for fielding Clark in 12 matches illegally.
The NFF gave the team until this Friday to appeal the decision.
Before the summer break, the American goalkeeper played under an invalid work permit. His previous one expired on December 31, and Hønefoss did not report and fix the problem until June.
The Adjudication and Sanctions Committee of the NFF deemed that someone within the organization acted negligibly in fielding an ineligible player, and thus, the team earned the point deduction.
All reports from Hønefoss point to the organization appealing the decision before the Friday deadline.
The one-point deduction leaves Hønefoss in 12th place with 32 points, tied with Sandnes Ulf. The team has a one-point cushion over Sogndal in the promotion playoff spot and a two-point cushion over Fredrikstad for direct relegation.
The team ends its season Sunday against Rosenborg.