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Crusaders win in doubt after team-sheet error

David Cushley's name was not on the team-sheet, despite him coming on as substitute in the second half against Ballymena Utd.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
David Cushley's name was not on the team-sheet, despite him coming on as substitute in the second half against Ballymena Utd. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

Crusaders' 3-0 win over Ballymena United is in doubt after an administrative error meant one of their players was not listed as a substitute.

David Cushley was introduced as a sub at half-time during Saturday's game despite not being named on the official team-sheet.

The Premiership Management Committee will discuss the issue.

The Crues could forfeit the points, face a £500 fine and see a 3-0 win awarded to their opponents.

Any reversal would not have affect on the final league standings, with Crusaders still finishing fourth even if the points are deducted.

Crusaders manager Stephen Baxter, speaking to the BBC, said: "David's name hasn't appeared on the Comet system for some reason. It was definitely given, definitely entered in, but it hasn't appeared on the actual sheet.

"These teams are put onto a computer. We give the team to our kit-man who is there five hours in advance, he's up there preparing the jerseys quite a bit ahead of our arrival.

"Everything is passed through, then it's given to one of our officials who puts that on the system and then when the opposition team put their team in, both teams are then fed back together.

"I never see the finished article of that until a team-sheet arrives in the dressing room at around two o'clock.

"Never have I looked to see what our team is - we're more interested in seeing what our opposition's team is. The error was flagged up to me by David Jeffrey and his staff 10 minutes into the second half."

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