Double boost for Bantams
As if knocking Arsenal out of the League Cup quarter-finals wasn’t enough to perk up Bradford City fans, the FA decided today to reverse the Bantams' expulsion from the FA Cup.
December 12th, 2012
Having initially been booted out for fielding an illegible player, City will now return for a second-round replay with Brentford at Griffin Park next Tuesday night – with the prize of an away trip to Southend awaiting the winners.
A panel judged today that “the failure to obtain and submit the acceptance from Newcastle United giving approval to play [Curtis Good, their on-loan defender] by noon on the match day was a genuine error and recognised that corrective action was attempted as soon as the omission was discovered and that no attempt to deceive was made.”
Ahead of the verdict, City boss Phil Parkinson didn’t fancy their chances of reinstatement, given previous offences by Bury and Droylsden in 2006 and 2008 respectively – both clubs lost their appeals.
“Normally in these hearings the FA stick to their guns.
“We have a lot of games coming up, so if we are out of it will take it on the chin and move on but if we are in it, we will go to Brentford and give it our best.”
The panel concurred that the initial punishment was excessive, and have instead fined the Bantams £1,000 – a sum that won’t be missed too much following the payday City will receive for reaching the League Cup semis. Along with their FA Cup second-round replay, the Bantams are also in the semi-finals of the JPT; maintaining their unbeaten record in all cups and boosting their morale with a current 4th place position in League Two.