One of the Scarborough and District Sunday League’s premier cup competitions, the Senior Cup, has been plunged into chaos.
Trafalgar beat Newlands 2-0 at Snainton in the semi-final earlier this month, but they have been thrown out of the cup by the league committee after fielding an ineligible player in the clash.
This would have seen Newlands go through to the final, but they have also been hit by a misconduct charge from the North Riding FA for this game, so they may also be thrown out of the competition if found guilty.
If both sides are ejected from the cup competition, then there will be no final as the winners of the other semi-final, West Pier v Strongwood, which is being played at Flixton this weekend, will claim the cup.
The Scarborough News understands that both clubs are set to appeal the charges brought against them.
North Riding FA Chief Executive Tom Radigan said: “Newlands have had a misconduct charge brought against them regarding the Senior Cup semi-final and they have until the end of play today to appeal.
“They told me that they were intending to appeal the decision.”
The club could then attend a hearing, at a venue to be decided, which would hear their case and decide what action to take.
The decision to withdraw Traf from the competition was made after it was found that their player Alex Wray had not played the required amount of league or league cup games for the team, in this case three, before playing in a semi-final. Wray had played most of the season in the reserves in the second division before the cup semi-final.
League secretary Tony Walker said: “Trafalgar have breached this rule so the committee has withdrawn them from the cup.
“If Newlands are also thrown out then we could well have a competition without a final, the winners of the other semi winning the cup - a similar thing happened a few years back in the Saturday League - which is a sad end to the season.
“Traf look set to appeal the decision but we will probably not set any dates for hearings until after the Easter break, as we have to wait and see what the North Riding FA do about Newlands’ charge.”