Report: Sunderland face investigation for fielding ineligible player

Sunderland's Ji Dong-Won in action against Fulham on August 17, 2013
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Sunderland respond to reports that they fielded an ineligible player in four Premier League games earlier this season.

Sunderland could face sanctions after it emerged that the club fielded an illegible player earlier this season.

The Black Cats, who have already received a fine from the Premier League for the error, played South Korean striker Ji Dong-won in four games before realising that he did not have international clearance to play.

Club secretary Liz Coley was dismissed by owner Ellis Short following the administrative error, while the Stadium of Light outfit also face a full investigation, according to the Daily Mail.

Ji, who has since joined Bundesliga club Augsburg until the end of the season, featured in games against Fulham, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Manchester United.

Sunderland tonight responded to the claims, confirming to ITV Sport: "There was an administrative issue regarding the registration of the player. The club was fined by the Premier League and the matter was dealt with at the time."

Gus Poyet's side are currently in the Premier League relegation zone, four points adrift of safety.

General views of the Stadium of Light on December 6, 2011
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