Monday, 20 February 2012

Kitson Avoids Fine Because He's Not Being Paid!

Dave Kitson has avoided a fine for his red card at Oakwell because Portsmouth are not paying him any wages to dock the cash from!

The veteran striker was dismissed in the 41st minute for committing a second bookable offence and although Pompey’s 10 men clung on until the dying stages, goals by Jim O’Brien and Matty Done won it for Barnsley.

But boss Michael Appleton concedes Kitson will not be punished for his dismissal as he has not been paid his wages for the past month due to ­Portsmouth’s financial crisis.

He said: “The red card has cost us but when players are not being paid it is hard to fine them!”
 

Kitson’s suspension is another headache for Appleton who is confused by the Football League’s refusal to let him bring in players to beef up his squad.

Injuries to six key men meant he could only field three subs as the game’s law makers are imposing tough restrictions on his ability to sign new players.

George Thorne was allowed to join on loan from West Brom but other moves were blocked. “The rigmarole we had to go through to get George done was crazy,” Appleton explained.

“We had to fax through what our injuries were and how long we thought they would be out. It was incredible really.

“The Football League says we only need 14 senior players to be competitive. We have to have three subs but the goalposts keep moving. They now consider Adam Webster to be a senior ­professional despite him having three small substitute performances.

“That meant I couldn’t put any more kids on the bench here in case the League then turn around and say they should be counted as senior professionals, too. It is getting ridiculous.”

Barnsley took their time ­overcoming Portsmouth, who, thanks to this week’s 10-point deduction, are now in the ­relegation zone.

O’Brien finally opened them up by slotting home from distance in the 75th minute before sub Done raced away in the final seconds to net.

Tykes boss Keith Hill said: “Sometimes when teams go down to 10 men it can work against you, but we managed the game well.

“Once the first one went in, it was a relief, but we knew then we’d get a result.”

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