Dons given an FA Cup lifeline

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MK Dons and Chesterfield will replay their FA Cup second round game after the Spirites were found guilty of fielded an ineligible player.

Chesterfield defender Georg Margreitter, on loan from Wolves, was deemed to be ineligible as written permission wasn’t submitted from his parent club allowing him to play in the 1-0 win at stadium:mk earlier this month.

A statement from the FA read: “Following an FA Cup sub-committee hearing at Wembley Stadium today (Monday 15 December 2014) Chesterfield FC have been ordered to replay their FA Cup second-round proper fixture against Milton Keynes Dons.

“Chesterfield FC had admitted a breach of FA Cup Rule 15(j), after fielding an ineligible player, namely Georg Margreitter, in their 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday 6th December 2014.

“Margreitter – on loan to Chesterfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers – played in the fixture without the necessary written permission having been received by The FA as at the 12noon deadline on Friday 5th December 2014.

“After considering submissions made by Chesterfield FC in relation to the charge, the committee has ordered the tie to be replayed at MK Dons on the earliest available date as decided by The FA.

“The tie will be played to a finish, with no further replay. No further action was taken against Chesterfield FC as ordering the tie to be replayed was deemed sufficient punishment.

“Full written reasons will follow.

“The decision is final and binding on all parties.”

It is hardly an ideal scenario for Dons, with a busy Christmas period ahead and few opportunities to replay the fixture ahead of the third round, scheduled for January 3.

A date for the re-scheduled game is currently being negotiated between the two clubs.