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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

10-point penalty not severe enough says Turner

After announcing a record profit, Hereford United chairman, Graham Turner, has suggested that clubs getting into difficulties should have harsher penalties applied by the Football League.

"I don't think a 10-point penalty is severe enough for clubs who have spent too much money," Turner told BBC Hereford & Worcester last week.

"They over spend on players and the squads are too big, too expensive.

"A lot of them will hold out until the close season, but they will start next season with a 10-point penalty.

"You have to look at the punishment. They take the penalty, they wipe off all the debts paying 10 pence in the pound.

"I would like to see a stricter code of disciplines on the financial side of clubs to stop the over spending, the reckless spending, in some cases

"They keep all the good players in there and start afresh next season.

"It has been known for directors to go into a club spend as much as they can, put the club in the lurch and walk away from it.

"There is a forecast that the next three years will be tough for football.

"But we are in a position where we can withstand that recession and be strong at the end of it all."