Sunderland's Poyet calm over Ji storm
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet insists there is no reason why his club should fear further punishment for fielding Ji Dong-won when the South Korea striker was ineligible.
Ki made four Premier League appearances and one in the League Cup for the Black Cats earlier this season, with Sunderland unaware that the 22-year-old's international clearance had not been processed.
Sunderland were fined in December for the offence and later revealed the problem was an administrative error which was due to a "technical fault" and denied any wrongdoing.
Ji helped Sunderland earn one point during his four ineligible top-flight appearances and the story was greeted with interest by struggling Sunderland's relegation rivals on Friday.
That prompted speculation that if Poyet's second bottom team were to stay up then the clubs who go down may launch an appeal in protest at the Premier League's failure to deduct Sunderland any points.
But Poyet, who was not at the club when the error occurred, insisted all parties should abide by the Premier League's decision.
"It's down to the decision. I haven't forgotten the Tevez-Mascherano situation with Sheffield United," he said in reference in Sheffield United's unsuccessful complaint that West Ham should have been punished with a points deduction after selecting Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano when both players were ineligible during a relegation battle in 2006-07.
West Ham were fined but avoided a points penalty and eventually stayed up at United's expense.
"We can talk, but at the end of the day, the one who makes the decisions made one and here we are," Poyet added.
Ji played against Fulham, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Manchester United in the league, and Milton Keynes Dons in the League Cup before it emerged that his international clearance, which Sunderland had submitted electronically along with the other relevant documents on his return from a loan spell with German club Augsburg, had not arrived.
The error was only discovered by chance in October and the club immediately notified the authorities.
A club spokesperson said: "The issue of Ji Dong-won was explained in detail at today's Premier League shareholders meeting and no issues were raised by any club.
"Sunderland AFC confirmed that they had complied with all procedures and the Premier League stated that the player was duly registered on the extranet system and in all other Premier League mechanisms.
"The club has never accepted any wrongdoing, but did acknowledge that a technical fault occurred and as such were fined by the Premier League accordingly in December. The matter is now closed."