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Spireites Charged by The FA

8 December 2014

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The following statement has been issued by The FA:

The FA has charged Chesterfield FC with a breach of FA Cup rules, after allegedly fielding an ineligible player in their FA Cup Second Round Proper fixture against Milton Keynes Dons.

MK Dons were beaten 1-0 at home by Chesterfield on Saturday 6 December 2014, during which fixture Georg Margreitter featured for the away side.

It is alleged that 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 12 noon deadline on Friday 5 December 2014.

As a consequence it is alleged they are in breach of FA Cup Rule 15 (j) (i) for fielding an ineligible player.

Chesterfield FC has until 5pm on Thursday 11 December to reply to the charge.

Responding to the charge, Chesterfield chief executive Chris Turner said: "We notified The FA as soon as it came to our attention that the necessary written permission from Wolverhampton Wanderers to allow Georg Margreitter to play in the match had not been received.

"We had a verbal agreement with Wolverhampton Wanderers to play Georg but unfortunately we did not ensure that the consent was received in writing.

"We will of course provide The FA with our full co-operation as they investigate the matter."

No further comment on the matter will be made by the club at this time.

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