Bristol deducted a point for registration error
PA Sport
January 25, 2008

Bristol have been docked one Guinness Premiership point for fielding an unregistered player.

The decision, taken by England Rugby Limited, means ninth-placed Bristol drop to 19 points ahead of tomorrow's clash against Worcester at Sixways.

Scrum-half Haydn Thomas featured as a second-half substitute during Bristol's 23-23 draw with Wasps at the Memorial Stadium three days before Christmas.

He had previously been on loan to National League One club Exeter, but Bristol did not correctly re-register Thomas, which made him ineligible under Premiership regulations.

Reflecting on ERL's decision, Bristol 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.''

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