Championship side Rotherham United have been deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player in their game against Brighton.
Rotherham played on loan Derby defender Farrend Dawson for the whole of their 1-0 win over the Seagulls on April 6, a day after the player's youth loan had expired.
The deduction now leaves Rotherham only one and two points above Millwall and Wigan respectively in the relegation zone, though the Yorkshire side do have a game in hand on the two sides below them.
A statement on the club's official website read, “Rotherham United FC are very disappointed by the decision to deduct 3 points for fielding a player who was ineligible purely because of an administrative error."
"It is our view that true sports fans want to see competitions settled on the pitch and not to have them affected by what happens in disciplinary proceedings."
"We await the reasoned judgement of the FDC and once we have received it we will issue our appeal after discussion with Jim Sturman QC. In the meantime we are confident that our team possesses the will and spirit to ensure that the points deduction is academic by securing our Championship status on the pitch."
"It would not be appropriate to make any further comment on this matter until after the appeal process has been concluded.”
Rotherham face Norwich at the weekend before taking on Reading, with an away trip to Leeds United on the last day of the season.