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Shels rage as Limerick get bye after Sheriff are thrown out

Published 06/09/2011 | 05:00

SHELBOURNE were last night left "aghast" after the FAI expelled Sheriff YC from the FAI Cup but chose not to reinstate them to the competition.

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Instead, the association's disciplinary committee handed Limerick, who were due to play Sheriff in the quarter-finals, a ticket straight into the semi-finals. The Reds are expected to appeal after they review the decision and consult with their lawyers.

AUL club Sheriff overcame a two-goal deficit to beat the Airtricity League First Division leaders 3-2 on August 26 and book their place in the last eight.

But their fairytale became a nightmare after it was discovered that midfielder John Lester had not been properly registered for the competition and they were yesterday expelled as a result.

Shelbourne had been expected to be reinstated at Sheriff's expense if the decision went against the non-league side, but the FAI disciplinary committee chose not to take that option. Instead, the competition will have just three quarter-finals.

"We would like to commiserate with our near neighbours and friends, Sheriff YC, in the decision to remove them from the competition," a Shelbourne statement read.

"However, Shelbourne FC is aghast at the decision of the committee not to reinstate our club to this season's FAI Ford Cup as a consequence of this.

"We will be making no further comment until the club's board of management has examined, in conjunction with its legal advisors, all available options."

Officials from inner-city club Sheriff met last night meeting to discuss the matter -- they also have the option of appealing.

Any appeal must be lodged by 1.0 today.

Irish Independent

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