ACCRINGTON STANLEY, the side that knocked Tranmere Rovers out of the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy, could be in danger of being thrown out of the competition for a breach of cup rules.
Stanley have been charged by the FA for playing Ray Putterill in the first round tie at Prenton Park on August 31 while the midfielder was under a Liverpool County FA suspension.
Stanley won the game after a penalty shootout.
Wirral-born Putterill began serving a 42-day suspension, effective from August 30, for improper or insulting behaviour towards a match official while he was playing for amateur club Halewood Town last April.
Accrington and Putterill have until September 13 to respond to the charge. The Football League will be responsible for considering the matter in relation to Johnstone’s Paints Trophy rules.
Accrington have been drawn at home to Stockport in the second round of the JPT.
Putterill, 21, a former Academy player and FA Youth Cup winner with Liverpool, signed a six-month contract with Accrington back in July.
Stanley chief executive Robert Heys said: “We are in receipt of the letter informing us of the charge and will respond when we have investigated the facts.
“There are currently a number of questions regarding the case that we need answered before we can comment further.”