A “HARSH” decision by Lincolnshire FA officials has seen Market Rasen Town FC kicked out of the Lincs Junior Cup Final.
Despite winning the semi final match against Pinchbeck United 2-0 in February the club have now been penalised for fielding a player in that match who should have been suspended.
The Town player had been sent off in a previous match and was in the middle of a three week ban when he played against Peterborough League leaders Pinchbeck.
The real kick in the teeth for Market Rasen FC is a Lincolnshire FA director told the Rasen Mail that the authority would probably have never known about the infringement if the club’s Chairman had not contacted the county’s FA to clarify the length of the ban.
Lincolnshire FA director Steve Lilley said: “Market Rasen brought it to light themselves.
“The chairman rang Lincs FA to enquire about a player who had been sent off in a game and he was wondering whether he would be allowed to play in the final.
“I believe the referee in the game where the player was sent off did send in his report from the game and details of the sending of, but from what I understand the Lincs FA never received it so did not know.
“The lad was actually suspoended on the day of the semi final, not the final. He played in the semi final when he should not have and Pinchbeck have been reinstated.
““It’s certainly very harsh, but I’m afraid these are the rules.”
The confusion came about after the national FA changed the suspension regulations at the beginning of the season.
If a player is sent off in a match, they are then banned for three weeks from that date. Steve Lilley said Market Rasen Town had been sent the details, like all clubs, last year, but said there had obviously been a break down in communication.
Mr Lilley added: You could argue it is very harsh, but clubs were all given details at the beginning of the season to that effect.
“Town won the game fair and square against Pinchbeck when they were probably not expected to. It was a great result for Market Rasen Town in my opinion and this is so, so unfortunate.
“I suppose you could argue if they had never rung the Lincolnshire FA we may have never known.”
More on this in Wedneasday’s Market Rasen Mail.
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