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'Admin error' that almost booted Burnley out of the FA Cup

FOOTBALL By Robert Abong'o | February 10th 2021
Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Burnley v AFC Bournemouth - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - February 9, 2021 AFC Bournemouth's Cameron Carter-Vickers [Pool via REUTERS/Lindsey Parnaby]

Burnley manager Sean Dyche revealed he was notified of an administration error by Bournemouth staff at Turf Moor before kick-off in their FA Cup fifth-round clash on Tuesday, February 9. 

Dyche made numerous changes to the team that drew with Brighton in the Premier League and included the usual left-back, Dutchman Erik Pieters in the starting line-up. 

According to outlets in England, Bournemouth's head of media and communications, Anthony Marshall made Dyche aware Pieters was ineligible for selection due to suspension, having picked up bookings in the last two rounds of the competition.

Pieters was booked in the second half of extra-time against Milton Keyes Dons and the 79th minute against Fulham at Craven Cottage.

Anthony Driscoll-Glennon quickly replaced Pieters in the squad with Burnley attributing the mix-up to an “administrative error.”

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Burnley v AFC Bournemouth - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - February 9, 2021 Burnley manager Sean Dyche [Pool via REUTERS/Lindsey Parnaby]

After the game, the Burnley manager praised the Bournemouth Communications Head and refused to blame the late change for their 2-0 loss. 

Even though they lost anyway, they could have fielded an ineligible player. 

"It wasn't disruptive. It was just a simple admin error. We have people who keep an eye on situations, unfortunately, it got away from that moment where someone found clarity,” said Dyche. 

"The rules have changed this year with the booking situation and the number of games in the FA Cup. It was just a clear oversight.

"To be fair to Bournemouth, they flagged it and mentioned it, so credit to them for a bit of gentlemanly conduct. We jumped on it straight away and people at our club held their hands up in the right slots,” he added. 

Soccer Football - FA Cup - Fifth Round - Burnley v AFC Bournemouth - Turf Moor, Burnley, Britain - February 9, 2021 AFC Bournemouth's Sam Surridge scores their first goal [Pool via REUTERS/Lindsey Parnaby]

Jonathan Woodgate, the Bournemouth caretaker manager also praised his member of staff for his act.

"Fair play to the staff who did it and told Burnley. We all want a fair game, so I thought it was important we did that. I think it was Anthony, our press officer, who did it. It's good sportsmanship at the end of the day," said Woodgate. 

Now in the Championship, Bournemouth took the lead mid-first-half when Sam Surridge tapped in a Jack Stacey low cross from close range.

Junior Stanislas sealed the win for the Cherries with a late penalty after Surridge was fouled by Kevin Long.

Bournemouth moved into the competition's quarter-finals for the second time in their history.

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