Exeter to be investigated by the FA after six sub controversy

The Football Association will investigate whether Exeter City used too many subs during Tuesday’s FA Cup success over fellow League Two side Bradford City.

With the game ending 0-0 after normal time, Exeter opted to use five substitutes before extra time took place.

As extra time started, Exeter decided to bring on Josh Key for Sam Nombe.

Going into the game sites like free bets uk would have been a good place to do your research on which of the two sides were more likely to thrive in extra time, but it was the Grecians who went on to score three and win the game 3-0.

Under FA Cup rules this season clubs can bring on five players during a game, including extra time, with a sixth allowed for a concussion.

“A review is due to take place following last night’s FA Cup game between Exeter City and Bradford City at St James Park,” Exeter City said in a statement.

“The matter will be considered by an FA committee and is in reference to the number of substitutions allowed during the match.

“Both clubs will be asked for their comments, along with the referee and fourth official. The matter will be referred to an FA committee who will decide on what course of action to take.”

Playing an ineligible player can lead a club to forfeiting a game with the FA’s Professional Game Board set to decide on any punishment.

The rules also state “where the club satisfies the Professional Game Board that the club (or any of its officers) did not know and could not reasonably have known, even had it made every reasonable enquiry (with the exercise of the utmost caution), that the player was ineligible, the club shall not be removed from the competition but may still be subject to any other penalty (e.g. fine, ordered to replay the match).”

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