Llandudno thrown out of Nathaniel MG Cup for breaking rules – Holyhead Hotspur will now take on Caernarfon

Llandudno have been removed from the Nathaniel MG Cup after fielding two ineligible players in their 2-1 victory at Holyhead Hotspur last Saturday.

As a result, the Seasiders miss out on a plum home tie against Cymru Premier side Caernarfon Town in the third round – that privilege now goes to Hotspur instead.

And Mold Alexandra and Prestatyn Town would also have been thrown out for rule breaches had they progressed last weekend – but both were defeated in their ties.

The FAW’s National League Board today confirmed Llandudno are expelled from the Nathaniel MG for breaching League Cup Rule 15 by fielding two ineligible players in their first-round fixture against Holyhead Hotspur on Saturday 23rd July 2022.

League Cup Rule 15 states: “A Player shall be considered bona-fide if he is registered by his Club with the FAW, in accordance with the provisions of the Cymru Premier League Rule. Any Club being found in default of this Rule may be disqualified from the Competition and subject to other penalties as the FAW may deem necessary.”

Abergavenny Town and Briton Ferry Llansawel have also been removed for breaching Cymru Premier Rule 13 during their first-round matches against Llanelli Town and Afan Lido respectively. Afan Lido have subsequently been reinstated into the competition.

Cymru Premier Rule 13 states: “If any Club uses four (4) substitutes in any Match, then at least one (1) must be a Youth Substitute (as defined below) and if any Club uses five (5) substitutes in any Match (or six (6) in a Play-Off Match which goes to extra time), then at least two (2) must be Youth Substitutes, except that a Club may at any time replace their goalkeeper with a substitute who is a recognised goalkeeper on either List A or List B instead of using one (1) such Youth Substitute.”

“Clubs may nominate up to five (5) substitutes and up to two (2) additional substitutes (who are aged not more than 19 on 31st August of the applicable season, known as ‘Youth Substitutes’) provided each Youth Substitute is registered for the Club with the FAW and is eligible to participate in Matches in accordance with the FAW Rules and FAW Regulations.”

Llanelli also breached Cymru Premier Rule 13 and have been removed from the competition. As a result, Penybont will now receive a bye into the third round.

Llantwit Major, Mold Alexandra and Prestatyn Town were found proven of breaching the same rule, however, these clubs lost their first-round ties.

The clubs may refer the matter to an Appeals Panel of the Football Association of Wales and written notice of such action must be received by the FAW no later than 4.30pm on Monday 1st August 2022.


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