Saturday 27 May 2017

Shels rage as Limerick get bye after Sheriff are thrown out

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

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.

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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