Hartlepool United have seen an FA fine for breaching regulations relating to intermediary activity halved after a successful appeal.
As exclusively revealed by the Mail in May, Pools were charged by the FA for breaching regulations relating to the involvement of agents in the transfers that brought Nicky Deverdics, Padraig Amond and Lewis Alessandra to the Super 6 Stadium.
It was alleged that Pools disguised payments to agents as scouting fees and did not properly complete transfer paperwork to indicate that intermediaries had been involved in the deals for Amond and Alessandra.
Charges were also levied against the Deverdics transfer, with Pools charged with "concealing or misrepresenting the reality and/or substance of matters relating to the transaction"
The club were later found to have breached regulations and were slapped with a £25,000 fine - which was subsequently appealed against.
Former chief executive Russ Green was simultaneously hit with a one-year ban from all football-related activities while two agents involved in the deals were also handed sanctions from the governing body.
But Pools have today been informed that their appeal has been successful and their fine has been reduced to £12,500 - half the original amount.
United were keen to see the fine reduced given that the employees involved were no longer involved with the club and have moved to thank the FA for considering the appeal.
In a club statement, they said: "Following today’s announcement regarding the success of the Club’s appeal lodged with The Football Association we would like to express our gratitude to The FA for their consideration in this matter.
"We appealed against the size of the fine, imposed on the Club due to the actions of former employees, under a previous regime, and it goes without saying that this was - and is to a certain extent - hard to take.
"However, we fully respect the process and are comfortable with the conclusions.
"We would like to assure fans that we will always protect the interests of the Club and will always attempt to do things the right way."