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  • By Yann Tear

Sutton's glamour FA Cup tie v Barnsley becomes a potential banana-skin

Sutton United will play non-league Sussex side Horsham in the second round of the FA Cup, rather than League one Barnsley, who have been kicked out of the FA Cup.

The Tykes have been booted out for fielding an ineligible player in their first-round replay win at Horsham. The seventh-tier side held Barnsley to a 3-3 draw at Oakwell but lost the return 3-0 on home soil.

The U's were hoping to draw a sizeable money-spinning crowd to Gander Green Lane for the tie, with a large away following expected from Yorkshire on December 2.

But offsetting the possible lost revenue is a genuine chance to make the Third round proper again, when they could then be paired with a top Premier League outfit.

Barnsley say it was an administrative error rather than an attempt to cheat and have apologised to their fans - as well as accepted the FA ruling.

Football Association rules state only players who are eligible for the initial FA Cup tie can feature in a replay.

Forward Aiden Marsh was on loan at National League side York City when the first game took place on November 3, before being recalled three days later. The 20-year-old then started in the replay in on November 14.

The ruling means Isthmian League Premier Division side Horsham will now play in the second round of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history.

Bury were the last club expelled from the competition at the first-round stage or beyond in 2006, when the then League Two side fielded Hartlepool loanee Stephen Turnbull without the proper authorisation in a second-round replay victory over Chester.


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