Pars handed Scottish Cup reprieve

21 January 2010 05:57
The Pars will now take on Stenhousemuir at their opponents' Ochilview home, while an independent three-strong appeals panel also fined Dunfermline approximately £30,000.[LNB]Thursday's verdict also resurrected the club's bid for a lucrative meeting with Celtic in the fifth round.[LNB]The Irn-Bru First Division side were kicked out of the cup by a Scottish Football Association emergency committee last week following a number of breaches of the competition rules.[LNB]The Pars' expulsion came partly as the result of fielding Calum Woods, who came off the bench in the second half of the 7-1 win over Stenhousemuir on January 9, despite the SFA's official suspensions list declaring him banned for the match.[LNB]The club were also punished for further administrative errors during the tie at East End Park, including submitting an inaccurate team line up, altering a named substitute and not registering two outfield under-21 players.[LNB]The SFA claimed the integrity of the competition was paramount in their decision to expel Dunfermline from the tournament but the club hit back claiming the punishment was "excessive".[LNB]Today's victory was a partial one for the club and director of football Jim Leishman said: "We can still only apologise to the Dunfermline fans that we are in this situation but we are delighted that we are still in the cup.[LNB]"Last week, we thought we were out the cup but we got the chance to present our case and we are delighted to have the opportunity to go forward."[LNB]He added: "We got a fair hearing.[LNB]"We will be making an official statement but, as I say, we can only apologise but we are delighted."[LNB]On the £30,000 fine, he said: "That's something that comes with the judgment.[LNB]"I can't say too much on that but we are looking forward to the game.[LNB]"Stenhousemuir have been magnificent in this.[LNB]"They haven't said anything against it, they have went with the judgment."[LNB][LNB] Scottish Cup. Click here to bet.  

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