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Aylesbury United News Story

The Berks and Bucks Senior Trophy - A Statement

Sunday 21 April 2013 - 09:27 am | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Aylesbury United are to become the third team disqualified from this season's competition after falling foul of the player eligibility rules.

We can confirm that Daniel Jones played for us in the B&B Senior Trophy semi-final game against Ascot United. Both we and the player were unaware that his participation in a FA Trophy match for Aylesbury FC on 15/09/2012 made him ineligible for this tie.

The B&B now have in their possession the 'match' team sheet, which confirms he did play for Aylesbury FC v Grays Athletic.

Therefore our case is being reviewed by the Berks & Bucks Cups competitions committee. We will be disqualified and fined.

In mitigation:

1. Liam Smyth registered with us on the 22nd February and as we were aware that he had played for Newport Pagnell in the B&B Senior Trophy he was not included in the squad for the Ascot game, although he did play in the four games preceding that fixture and has played every game since then.

This demonstrates that the Daniel Jones issue was an administrative error and not a deliberate attempt to flout the rules.

2. If the purpose of the FA trophy rule is to stop clubs signing senior players to give them a competitive advantage, Daniel has been a regular team member playing 20 games this season. Daniel was also an established member of our team last season playing 46 times.

He briefly joined Aylesbury FC at the beginning of the season playing just seven times for them. We believe this shows that he wasn't signed to provide a competitive advantage in the B&B Senior Trophy.

The fact that three of the four semi finalists have now been disqualified suggests the rule needs looking at.

No one is saying (and we are sure that no-one believes) that any of these clubs were cheating or otherwise seeking to gain unfair advantage.

This level of technical breach and consequent expulsions is in danger of bringing the competition into disrepute. In the circumstances, we believe that the B&B should review those rules.

Failing that, as a minimum, they should review how they publicise the rules to clubs, managers and players.

However, we accept that the final responsibility lies with individual clubs but a system that results in 3 out of 4 semi-finalists defaulting cannot be said to be working.


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