Explained: Why a League One club has been shockingly thrown out of the FA Cup – even though they were drawn to play in second round

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The League One club needed a replay to get past their opponents following a 3-3 draw at home on November 3, eventually progressing thanks to a John McAtee brace and Nicky Cadden strike on November 14. But the Football Association revealed in a statement on Wednesday that Barnsley were disqualified from the competition with immediate effect,

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leaving Horsham to progress to round two.This is because Barnsley fielded an “ineligible” player for the replay on November 14. The statement issued by the FA explains that Barnsley had not correctly registered said player, who has remained nameless, for the first round proper match on November 3. Barnsley, for their part, admitted their wrongdoing, leading to their consequent removal from the competition.

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