Southend United, home of Uganda Cranes player Elvis Bwomono, have been given a suspended three-point penalty and fined £7,500 for breaching EFL regulations, BBC reports.
Southend United plays in League One – a third tier after Premier League and Championship – of English football.
The club was found guilty of over late payments to players in December 2019 and February 2020.
The side also fielded an ineligible player against Lincoln City in Sky Bet League one encounter on February 1, 2020.
A statement on the club website reads:
“The Club accepted the charges and submitted arguments in mitigation to explain the specific circumstances which led to the breaches occurring.
“The Disciplinary Commission accepted these arguments and in reaching its decision noted in particular the Club’s previously “unblemished” disciplinary record.”
Bwomono’s team was second from bottom of the 23-team log before the league was stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic in March.
They have collected 19 points, five above bottom placed Bolton Wanderers.
Bwomono has played 34 of the 35 league games for Southend United this season. The 21-year old defender scored a 90th minute winner as his side beat Lincoln City.
Bwomono was summoned by Jonathan Mckinstry to play for Uganda Cranes in an AFCON qualifiers double header against South Sudan, a game which was later postponed due to the pandemic.
The youngster is yet to a have an international cap with the Uganda Cranes