CHESTER City chairman Stephen Vaughan has welcomed the Football Association’s decision to reject Bury’s appeal against their expulsion from the FA Cup.
Bury were thrown out last week for fielding an ineligible player, Stephen Turnbull, in their 3-1 second round replay victory at the Deva Stadium.
Their appeal hearing was held at the FA’s London headquarters in Soho Square yesterday.
After hearing representations from the club for nearly two hours, the committee stood by the original decision.
It was confirmed that Chester will be awarded the £24,000 prize money from the second round, as well as lining up against Ipswich at the Deva Stadium on Saturday, January 6.
“We obviously sympathise with Bury, however, there was only one decision the FA could make, and that was to reinstate us into the competition.” said Vaughan.
“Rules are rules, and unfortunately Bury didn’t adhere to them, it’s as black and white as that.
“I am extremely pleased that we are facing Ipswich Town next month, it will be good for our supporters to see a top Championship side playing at the Deva Stadium.”
Chester entertain second placed Milton Keynes Dons tomorrow.
Midfielder Dean Bennett, who has been sidelined with a thigh injury, is expected to return to the squad.