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Curzon Ashton and Liverpool have been expelled from this season's F.A.Women's Cup for a breach of the competition rules.
Curzon were found guilty of playing a player without international clearance, whilst Liverpool fielded a suspended player in their line up.
The announcement was made after a protest was made by Curzon’s opponents OOH Lincoln whilst Liverpool themselves informed the FA that an error had occurred. Lincoln and Nottingham Forest are therefore reinstated into the Cup and ironically will face each other in the Fifth Round on 25 January.
The Football Association has issued the following statements regarding their decisions on their website:
"An FA Women's Cup Protest Sub-Committee was held on Monday 12 January 2009 to consider a protest lodged by OOH Lincoln Ladies against Curzon Ashton.
After considering the submissions carefully, made by Curzon Ashton, the Sub-Committee decided that in accordance with its discretionary powers that the protest from OOH Lincoln Ladies is upheld.
Therefore, Curzon Ashton are removed from the competition having breached FA Women's Cup Rule 15(i)(ii) by playing a player without International Clearance, therefore ineligible. Ooh Lincoln Ladies are reinstated.
The prize fund payment of £600 is also forfeit and redirected to Ooh Lincoln Ladies.
No order was made as to costs and no fine imposed as removal from the competition was deemed sufficient punishment."
"An FA Women's Cup Sub-Committee was held on Monday 12 January 2009 to consider the playing of an ineligible player called Natalie Holt in the above tie for Liverpool.
After considering the submissions carefully, made by Liverpool, the Sub-Committee decided that in accordance with its discretionary powers Liverpool are removed from the competition having breached FA Women's Cup Rule 15(c) by playing a suspended player. Therefore, Nottingham Forest are reinstated.
The prize fund payment of £600 is also forfeit and redirected to Nottingham Forest.
No order was made as to costs and no fine imposed, as it was believed that the Rule was breached inadvertently by Liverpool. Removal from the competition was deemed sufficient punishment.
The FA Women's Cup sponsored by E.ON Fifth Round Proper tie will now be OOH Lincoln Ladies v Nottingham Forest, to be played on Sunday 25 January 2009."
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