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East Stirlingshire expelled from Scottish Cup

East Stirlingshire celebrate their Scottish Cup win over Buckie Thistle
East Stirlingshire have been thrown out of the Scottish Cup

East Stirlingshire have been expelled from the Scottish Cup after fielding an ineligible player in their fourth-round win over Buckie Thistle.

The Highland League side, who lost 1-0 at Ochilview, will now host Brechin City on 5 February.

Michael Andrews featured despite the SFA not receiving registration documents for his loan extension.

Shire chairman Les Thomson told BBC Scotland: "I feel absolutely gutted. It is a financial blow."

The Scottish Football League also say they were not informed of the agreement to extend the loan of goalkeeper Andrews from Falkirk.

But the Third Division club insist they sent the relevant paperwork both bodies before Christmas and Thomson said they are considering an appeal.

"He's played all season and his loan was up on 3 January and we were extending it to the end of the season," he said.

Michael has been training with us the last couple of days and is really distraught by the whole thing

Falkirk coach Lee Bullen

"Falkirk were top class in this. They made all the details on the form and Michael brought the form into me to sign, which I did.

"I posted it to the Scottish Football Association and it has never arrived and that is the problem.

"In this day and age, we should be able to press a couple of computer buttons electronically and it sickens us that this has happened."

Thomson, who said he had successfully registered many players previously, estimated that it would cost Shire several thousand pounds.

And Falkirk coach Lee Bullen said: "Michael has been training with us the last couple of days and is really distraught by the whole thing.

"He was looking forward to playing in the next round against Brechin and hopefully travelling further on."

Buckie's opponents, Brechin City, were thrown out of the tournament for fielding two ineligible players in 2008, when Hamilton Accies were reinstated.

Last year, Dunfermline Athletic were expelled for fielding a suspended player but were reinstated after an appeal and granted a replay.

This prompted the SFA to tighten the competition rules in May, meaning any team fielding an ineligible player will automatically be ejected.

Each club now has access to an extranet facility where they can view a full updated list of registered players.

Unless Shire appeal against the decision and have it overturned, Highland League champions Buckie will now have an unexpected extra pay day.

Buckie manager Gregg Carrol said: "I can understand Les's disappointment with the way the system is.

"It is nothing to do with Buckie Thistle. We are just happy to be in the next round.

"It is a massive, massive tie for us. It will be probably one of the biggest ties for the Highland League for a long, long time."

The SFL are yet to pass judgement on the issue of Andrews playing and could impose a points deduction.

SFL operations director David Thomson said: "We will write to the club and ask them for their comments and give them an opportunity to come back to us.

"It will be discussed by the SFL board at a future meeting. They usually get an opportunity to attend a meeting and put forward their case.

"It's early stages and we'll go through the due process."



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see also
East Stirlingshire 1-0 Buckie
19 Jan 11 |  Scottish Cups
SFA tighten Cup expulsion rules
26 May 10 |  Scottish Cups
Dunfermline given Cup reprieve
21 Jan 10 |  Dunfermline
Brechin ejected from Scottish Cup
31 Jan 08 |  Scottish Cups


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