The FAI Club licensing committee have released a statement saying that Longford Town have been deducted six points after failing to adhere to licensing requirements.

The licensing committee had extended the deadline for Longford, and several other unnamed clubs, to provide accounts information and Longford were the only team not to meet this new deadline.

The midlanders were already propping up their eircom Premier League table and today's decision mean that the six points they've earned this season have been wiped out, leaving them with zero.

The club have already been fined E6,000 on the matter and will have five business days to lodge an appeal.

Director of the eircom League Fran Gavin said: 'The club were on notice that they were facing the possibility of further sanctions.

'They were one of several clubs that were given an extension by the First Instance Licensing Committee to meet their licensing obligations and they were the only club that failed to present the necessary documentation.

'Longford can have no complaints because they were given every opportunity to get their house in order,' Gavin added.

'The purpose of club licensing is to ensure that clubs are managed and run properly and clubs should know by this stage that if they don't fulfill the criteria that they have signed up to then they face the possibility of fines, points deductions or even the withdrawal of their licence.

'I believe that football in Limerick is now in a much healthier state as a result of the licensing process, while Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers are both much better run clubs after going through a similar process.'