Manukau United have been fined $500 and their head coach suspended for one week after a review of an incident on May 14 in which the club substituted two players after only 13 seconds of their Northern League game at Takapuna.
New Zealand Football published the following statement on their website on Friday May 20:
“Following an incident in last weekend’s Northern League game between Takapuna AFC v Manukau United, Manukau United and their head coach have been found to be in breach of the National League Regulations and NZF Code of Conduct.
“The National League Regulations require a minimum of two U-20 players to start a match.
“The club substituted their two U20 players after only 13 seconds of the match and in doing so have been found to have acted outside the spirit of fair play and breached the NZF Code of Conduct.
“The club have therefore been fined $500 for bringing the National League, NZF and the game into disrepute and the coach suspended for one game for breaching the NZF Code of Conduct.
“The club have also been warned that further breaches of a similar nature will have a higher degree of fault and could be subject to a more severe punishment.”
Manukau United’s fixture against Hamilton Wanderers, scheduled for Saturday May 21, has been postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Wanderers’ camp.
Main photo: Screenshot from the live stream of the match shows the substitutions being made after the first breakdown of play.