Gainsborough Trinity kicked out of the FA Cup after fielding an ineligible player in Lincoln City loanee Jordan Thomas
Gainsborough Trinity have been booted out of the FA Cup after fielding an ineligible player in their 2-0 victory over Rushall Olympic.
The Football Association have ruled Lincoln City loanee Jordan Thomas was not registered in time to play in the second round qualifying round clash.
The FA's registration department say they never received the relevant loan paperwork before the deadline for new signings which was noon, Friday September 27.
And following a complaint by Rushall, a subsequent hearing at Wembley today upheld their complaint meaning Trinity's cup clash at Stockport this weekend will no longer go ahead.
A club statement read: "It is with great regret, after a meeting today at Wembley Stadium, Gainsborough Trinity FC have been removed from the 2013/14 FA Cup.
"It was decided by a sub committee meeting today, Monday 7th October, after a protest was lodged last week by Rushall Olympic FC in reference to player Jordan Thomas.
"Gainsborough Trinity were found guilty of playing Jordan Thomas in the FA Cup tie against Rushall on 28th September 2013.
"The sub committee claim that he was not registered for Gainsborough Trinity, and the Football Association registration department claim that they never received any loan paperwork before the deadline of 12pm on Friday 27th September.
Evidence was presented to the sub committee showing that an email with loan forms was sent from Lincoln City at 10.19am on Friday 27th September and to the Football Conference at 10.20am.
"The Football Conference confirmed this loan, but the Football Association are saying that they never received the email.
"Gainsborough Trinity Football Club are proud to be take part in such competitions like the FA Cup and FA Trophy and to be removed from the competition like this really hurts, but we have to move on.
"The club will be looking to investigate all failings around Jordan's loan from Lincoln and will learn from this going forward.
"Gainsborough Trinity will decide whether to appeal the sub committee decision once we have got all the paperwork from the Football Association and gathered more evidence from Lincoln City.
"No other statement will be made at this time."