30 Dec 2008

FA Cup boot threatens to be even longer-running saga

12:34 pm on 30 December 2008

A non-league club from the sixth tier of English football who were expelled from England's FA Cup for fielding an ineligible player say they'll appeal in a bid to get re-instated into the third round.

Last week, Droylsden thought they'd won their second-round tie against League Two side Chesterfield at the fourth time of asking after fog, a controversial goal and floodlight failure had foiled three previous attempts to separate the sides.

But it turned out that defender Sean Newton, who scored both their goals in a 2-1 win, was ineligible after collecting his fifth booking of the season on December 9.

According to regulations, that meant he was suspended for one match, a ban which should have ruled him out of last week's fixture.

The FA ruled that Midlands side Chesterfield, whose fourth-tier status puts them two divisions above Manchester-based Droylsden, will play Ipswich Town of the second-tier Championship in this weekend's third round.

But Droylsden say it was a genuine mistake by their secretary and a fine should be sufficient punishment.