Chesterfield FA Cup place in doubt after FA charge over ineligible player

Georg Margreitter
Georg Margreitter

A question mark was thrown over Chesterfield’s continued participation in this season’s FA Cup after they were charged by the FA for fielding of an ineligible player, Georg Margreitter, in the 1-0 second round win at MK Dons on Saturday.

The Austrian is on loan and it is understood parent club Wolves agreed to let him play, but the relevant paperwork was not passed to the FA by the 12 noon Friday deadline.

The FA say because of this it is alleged they are in breach of FA Cup Rule 15 (j) (i) for fielding an ineligible player.”

The club has until 5pm on Thursday 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.”

In last night’s draw Spireites were drawn to play Scunthorpe or Worcester away.