Third Division side East Stirlingshire have been expelled from the Scottish Cup after they fielded an ineligible player in their Fourth Round 1-0 win over Buckie Thistle.
The Highland League outfit will now play host to Brechin City on 5th February.
The ineligible player Michael Andrews, played for East Stirlingshire in the cup tie 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 SFL also stated that they were not informed of an extension of the loan deal of keeper Andrews from Falkirk, however the Stirling side insisted that they sent the relevant paperwork to both governing bodies before Christmas and that it has been reported that the club are considering appealing the decision.
“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. “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 estimated that it would cost the club several thousand pounds.
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.”
Source: BBC Sport