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Phoenix Sports release statement as they’re removed from FA Cup

Today’s FA Cup Second Qualifying Round game between Phoenix Sports and Hendon FC has been called off as Phoenix have been removed from the competition.

A statement from the club says, “Due to an administrative error we fielded a player in the replay against Lancing that should have been serving a one match ban.

This was an honest but very costly and disappointing mistake made by us.

Apologies to all the players and supporters that were looking forward to the game on Saturday.

Apologies to our opponents Hendon and all at Silver Jubilee Park, that would have put a lot of time and effort in preparing for the game.

To be removed from the competition is a real blow for the club.

Mistakes unfortunately do happen, this is just a very big one.”

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