Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham branded the decision to not reinstate them in the FA Cup as ‘laughable’ and the competition the ‘FA Farce Cup’.
Housham was reacting after discovering the Football Association had decided to uphold their decision to boot the club out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player.
The Blues arranged the loan of Jordan Thomas from Lincoln City the day before their tie against Rushall Olympic. The FA said they did not receive the registration, while Trinity insisted they did everything by the book.
They appealed the decision, but it was turned down today after the officials from club met with the FA at Wembley Stadium in London.
“I hoped common sense would prevail, for this to happen is absolutely laughable,” said Housham, who was due to lead his team out at Stockport County in the next round. “It’s the FA Farce Cup.”
Trinity will lose out on the £4,500 prize money they earned for beating Rushall Olympic in the second qualifying round.
Housham believes that this money should not be awarded to Rushall as they technically had not won the game.
“We’re not getting £4,500 now. That money should go to charity instead. It shouldn’t go to a team who did not win the game of football.
“It all comes down to a computer issue. I don’t understand how the Football Conference can confirm the registration within 20 minutes of it being sent to them and the FA cannot.
“It’s hard for the players. They have worked ever so hard recently and we were looking forward to extending our unbeaten run which we’ve been on.
“They will have the weekend off now, which they deserve, because they have put a shift in.”
A statement from Gainsborough Trinity said the club would be looking into what went wrong with the registration of Jordan.
“It is with regret, that after a hearing to appeal against the decision to remove Gainsborough Trinity FC from the FA Cup on Monday, the appeal board found in favour of the FA sub-committee and allowed the decision to stand,” read the statement.
“The sub-committee and appeals board have based their decision on saying that an email with loan forms for Jordan Thomas was not sent, or received, before the 12 noon deadline on Friday 27th September 2013.
“Although we acknowledge that certain procedures were not followed after forms were submitted, we do have evidence to support our claim that the correct forms were sent to the Football Association and Football Conference before the 12 noon deadline on 27th September by Lincoln City FC.
“Gainsborough Trinity are proud to part of the FA Cup and being removed from the FA Cup in this manner really hurts, not just only for our supporters but for players and all the people that work hard as volunteers helping the club to be a big part of the town and non-league football.
“Regrettably, the club has to stand by the appeal board’s decision and no other appeals can be made. As a club we now have to look forward and investigate the circumstances around these events. We will start a full case review on events leading up to and after the FA cup game and these findings and recommendations will be released in due course.
“To conclude, Gainsborough Trinity FC directors would like to apologise to it's supporters, players and volunteers for the removal from this years FA Cup in this manner and to ensure that everything will be done to ensure nothing like this happens again. Now we all have to move on and look forward to the next game and continue to move up the league.”
The FA have yet to release a statement.
However, on Monday they said: “Following a protest submitted by Rushall Olympic, an FA Cup Sub-Committee have considered submissions made on behalf of Gainsborough Trinity and concluded that Jordan Thomas was not eligible to play in the tie for Gainsborough Trinity as he had not been correctly registered in accordance with FA Cup Rule 15.
"The Sub-Committee decided that, in accordance with its discretionary powers under FA Cup Rule 1(d) and pursuant to Rule 16(b), Gainsborough Trinity are removed from the Competition and Rushall Olympic reinstated.
"No further action was taken as removal from the Competition was deemed sufficient punishment.
"Therefore, the 3rd Rd Qualifying Round will be Stockport County v Rushall Olympic on Saturday 12 October, subject to an appeal from Gainsborough Trinity.”