Exeter forced to replay FA Cup victory over Bradford after using too many subs

Exeter forced to replay FA Cup victory over Bradford after using too many subs

After Exeter were found to have used six substitutes in Tuesday night’s FA Cup first-round replay victory, their tie with Bradford City is to be replayed

Exeter were within competition rules in making five changes during 90 minutes but then brought on Josh Key for Sam Nombe at the start of extra time. They went on to win the game 3-0, with two goals from Matt Jay either side of an effort from Nigel Atangana.

A Football Association investigation was conducted and the governing body has now ruled the replay must be held again. The rescheduled game will take place at St James Park on Tuesday 30 November, with the winner facing Cambridge United in the second round four days later.

An FA statement read: “An extraordinary incident report was submitted by the match referee which stated that Exeter City had used a sixth substitute during their FA Cup first round replay against Bradford City on 16 November.

“After considering all of its options, and taking into account all of the relevant factors, the Professional Game Board (PGB) agreed that the result of the match should not stand. The PGB deemed that the most appropriate action would be for the match to be replayed in its entirety.”

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