It happens every year, that clubs in all of The FA’s prestigious cup competitions, that clubs are removed for breaking the rules – and this unfortunate time, it is Midland Football League side Coventry United.
A statement from the club says, “With regret, Coventry United announce that we have been removed from this season’s F.A. Vase competition, thus there will be no fifth round tie versus Canterbury.”
The reason for our removal is ‘ineligible player.’ An error was made with the applicable start date of the suspension of Kevin Thornton who should not have played in the previous round versus Leicester Nirvana. Unfortunately, it was a simple unintentional mistake caused by our interpretation of information displayed with the F.A.’s ‘Wholegame’ system, with catastrophic consequences. The club has taken steps to safeguard against future occurrences.
Whilst the Football Association accepted that the circumstances were unintentional, the ineligibility is a matter of fact.
This news will come as a shock and huge disappointment to many of our supporters. We decided against any official announcement prior to the F.A.’s decision as we sought to present our case, which was dealt with on Thursday, however it was not to be and we received official notification today.
There are no other sanctions upon the club and no fines, and the club will be able to participate in next seasons competition as normal.
We apologise to all our fans, players, sponsors and stakeholders. We have had a great run in this seasons competition, and of course we all wanted to get at least one step further.”