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Dunfermline win appeal against Scottish Cup expulsion

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Dunfermline have successfully appealed against their expulsion from the Scottish Cup.

The Fife side must now replay their fourth round tie against Stenhousemuir and have been fined around £30,000 for breaching competition rules.

Dunfermline won the original tie 7-1 at home but fielded a suspended player and made three other team-listing errors.

The replay will be at Stenhousemuir's Ochilview, with a money-spinning home match against Celtic at stake.

Dunfermline issued an apology to their fans for their mistakes but took issue with the punishment from the Scottish FA, which they deemed excessive.

I'm still hurting from the first game and the chance to play Celtic should be motivation enough for the players

John Coughlin
Stenhousemuir manager

An independent panel heard their case at Hampden and came up with the solution of a replay and fine.

"We got a fair hearing," said Dunfermline director of football Jim Leishman.

"Last week, we thought we were out the cup but we got the chance to present our case and we are delighted to have the opportunity to go forward."

SFA chief executive Gordon Smith was taken aback at the decision to overturn the original ruling.

"We are surprised by the decision after what the emergency committee considered a number of serious infringements of the cup competition rules by Dunfermline Athletic," said Smith.

"Nonetheless, we respect the decision of the Appeals Board and hope that the situation involving Dunfermline Athletic, and the sanctions imposed on them, will ensure all participating clubs are mindful of the cup competition rules in future."

Defender Calum Woods, who should have been serving a ban, appeared as a second half substitute with Dunfermline leading 4-0.

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Dunfermline made further administrative errors, including submitting an inaccurate team line, altering a named substitute and not registering two outfield under-21 players.

A date for the replay has yet to be announced, with the fifth round of the Scottish Cup set to be played on the weekend of 5/6 February.

Stenhousemuir were not consulted in the process of appeal but manager John Coughlin remained upbeat on hearing the news.

"Fair play to Dunfermline," the Second Division boss told BBC Scotland.

"I'm happy we're still in the competition and it's an opportunity for us to put right what went wrong in the first game.

"I'm still hurting from the first game and the chance to play Celtic should be motivation enough for the players.

"It will be tough for us as a part-time club. We have a derby with Alloa, followed by the replay and a possible game against Celtic."

The SFA fined Dunfermline £20,000 for fielding Woods and a further £1000 for the team line errors, while the club also forfeit their appearance fee for the fourth round.



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see also
Dunfermline contest Cup expulsion
18 Jan 10 |  Dunfermline
Pars win in doubt over Woods row
09 Jan 10 |  Scottish Cups
Dunfermline 7-1 Stenhousemuir
09 Jan 10 |  Scottish Cups


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