Just this week on TTE Podcast we were saying about how nice Reading FC have become, and now Colchester are set to be allowed back into the FA Youth Cup despite losing to the Royals 4-1 in the last-16.
The club confirmed on Thursday that an FA disciplinary hearing decided on the Under-18s being kicked out of the competition for fielding an underage player against their most recent opponents.
Rules state that no player in the competition can be aged 14 or under on August 31 of the current season. While the law was introduced to prevent major teams fielding a bunch of 12 year olds against a League Two minnow in the early rounds, it still applies to the latter stages.
Thus, Reading have been banished and have the right to appeal the decision by 16:00 Tuesday February 20. Previously, Southend were charged with the same offence in 2015/16 and were allowed to replay their tie. Full FA reasoning will be made public before 16:00 on Friday, February 16.
The player in question is Imari Samuels, a left-back who was 15 at the time of the game and Reading state that it was only the morning after that they realised the error. Read their full statement here.
We are deeply disappointed by the outcome of today's hearing and await the FA Youth Cup Sub-Committee's detailed report relating to their decision before considering an appeal next week.— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) February 15, 2018