Clapton FC have today been ordered to replay their FA Vase tie with Hertford Town after a probe into a late player registration.
The FA’s panel ruled that goalkeeper Yakup Seyer was ineligible for the game – which finished 0-0 – but decided NOT to kick out the Tons.
Instead the game will be played again, at Hertford Town’s ground on Tuesday, September 20th with extra time and penalties to deliver a result in the night.
In a further sanction, Clapton won’t get a share of gate receipts and will have to pay their own transport costs. The admission cost for supporters remains the same too.
It’s still unclear what exactly happened with Seyer’s registration, or the reason why a ‘discretionary’ decision was made to keep Clapton in the competition.
However, Town’s manager Gavin Kelsey felt the Tons should have been out of the competition, tweeting: “Not one for seeing clubs thrown out but rules are rules.”
The Blues’ general manager Loucas Xenophontos told the Hertfordshire Mercury: “We only concern ourselves with things we can control.”
Clapton, meanwhile have yet to officially comment on the row.
The statement on the FA website
“The members also considered a charge raised against Clapton FC in relation to the playing of an ineligible player, Yakup Sayer, in their tie with Hertford Town.
“The club was charged with an alleged breach of FA Vase Rule 15(h)(i) and whilst it was acknowledged that the competition rules had been breached, the members were satisfied with the explanation and mitigation provided within the submissions made on behalf of Clapton FC.
“As such the members exercised their discretionary power, in accordance with FA Vase Rule 16(c), not to remove Clapton FC from the competition.
“The members ordered that the First Round Qualifying tie be replayed to a conclusion at Hertford Town on Tuesday 20 September 2016 and it was decided that the gate receipts from the tie shall be retained by Hertford Town, with Clapton FC responsible for their own travel costs.
“There was no order as to a fine or costs.”