Cup player probe for E Stirling

24 January 2011 12:50
The Scottish Football Association is investigating whether East Stirling fielded an ineligible player in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.The SFA's emergency committee are understood to be looking into the case of on-loan goalkeeper Michael Andrews. [LNB]The Third Division side progressed with a 1-0 win against Highland League champions Buckie Thistle. [LNB]East Stirling face the prospect of being thrown out of the Scottish Cup if found guilty of breaching the rules. [LNB]Jim McInally's side are due to play Brechin City in the fifth round - a team that was thrown out of the tournament in 2008 for fielding two ineligible players. [LNB]Andrews is on loan at Ochilview from neighbours Falkirk. The move was agreed in the summer and later extended. [LNB]Last year, Dunfermline were expelled for fielding a suspended player. However, they were reinstated after an appeal. [LNB]This prompted the SFA to tighten the competition rules in May, meaning any team fielding an ineligible player will automatically be ejected.

Source: BBC_Sport