Sleaford Town FA Cup appeal rejected by Football Association
Sleaford Town’s interest in the FA Cup is finally over after their appeal to be reinstated was rejected by the Football Association.
Town and Huntingdon Town were kicked out of the competition following the mass brawl which led to their first qualifying round tie to be abandoned. Sleaford were winning 2-1 with three minutes remaining.
While Huntingdon accepted the verdict, Sleaford felt their punishment was undeserved and launched an appeal in a bid to get back into the competition.
But a club statement read: “Sleaford Town FC can confirm that their appeal against the decision of the FA Cup Sub Committee to remove them from this year's competition has been rejected.
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“The hearing made clear that it wasn't, by excluding both clubs, giving any indication of equal culpability rather that each club had some element of culpability and they therefore stood by their original decision.
“Obviously all at the club are bitterly disappointed and frustrated in the end result, but will now move on and focus on the remainder of the season ahead.
“It is hoped that all further headlines this season will be as a result of the undoubted hard work that Kris (Jones, manager) and his players are putting in and the quality of football that is being produced.
“The club would like to put on record its thanks for all the support it has received through what has been a challenging experience for all those involved, and in particular thank Robert Breckon of Ringrose Law and Sam Skinner, barrister, for their legal advice and hard work representing us at the hearings.”