Phoenix Sports have been removed from the FA Cup after fielding ineligible player with Lancing FC reinstated.
The second qualifying round tie between Phoenix Sports and Hendon scheduled for last weekend was postponed due to the allegations against the Bostik League South East club.
Yesterday the FA concluded their investigation and found that they had fielded a banned player in their first qualifying round replay against Lancing.
Phoenix Sports have the option to appeal the decision but have chosen not to, admitting they made a mistake.
A club statement read: “As a result of that we were given the devastating news that we have been fined and removed from the competition, with Lancing taking our place in the next round.
“We do have the right to appeal the decision but have decided not to go ahead with that option.
“For the FA investigation we held our hands up to the error and gave the honest reasons for how it occured. We feel that if we did Appeal, the decision would not be changed and would only cause disruption to the planning of the Hendon v Lancing match next week. Neither of those teams deserve that.
“Going forward we hope that those in power find ways to reduce the pressure placed upon the fabulous volunteer workforce that are at every club at this level. Without them there wouldn’t be clubs like ours and we certainly appreciate the amazing work that they do.
“Once again, the best of luck to Lancing, Hendon and all the clubs that remain in the competition, we will take this one on the chin and come back fighting next year when we again compete in the greatest Cup competition in World Football.”
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