Brighton manager Gus Poyet feels his side should be awarded three points after Hartlepool were charged with fielding an ineligible player against them.

Gary Liddle played in Pools' 2-0 League One victory at Victoria Park on Easter Monday when he should have been serving a two-match ban.

Poyet told his club's official website: "I am sure Hartlepool did not realise he was suspended. It was not a case of cheating, but they made a mistake and that player should not have been on the pitch so the three points should go to the opposition."

He added: "They cannot just deduct the points from Hartlepool. For the sake of fair competition we should be awarded them. All teams play 46 games in a season so it would be unfair if we only played 45 matches.

"The Football League has to be careful with the decision they make. It does not matter if they did it with intention or not, the only decision they can make in this instance - and I would say the same if my team were the guilty party - is to give the three points to the opposition."

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