We are making this statement following a club committee decision not to appeal the SJFA’s decision to let the result of our Junior Cup tie against Blantyre to stand.
Last week on December the 15th we believe that we gave a robust and compelling argument as to why the Cup tie should have been replayed.
We argued about the laws of the game being breached (Law 10) as nowhere does it state that only one period of extra time will be played prior to proceeding to penalties.
We argued that rule twenty of the competition had also been breached as the game should of course have went straight to penalties and we made reference to a cup tie between Gretna & Stirling University that was replayed when the competition rules were not adhered too.
Despite all this our appeal was unsuccessful.
We would have liked to have been in a position to feed back to you why we were unsuccessful however we were not afforded the courtesy of a reason from the Scottish Junior Football Association.
We were of course given the opportunity to appeal within five working days to the Scottish Football Association though it was highlighted that article 14.4 of the judicial appeals panel process is as follows
“Appeals which relate to any matter affecting the result of a cup tie or which would interrupt the playing of a competition will not be entertained”.
After much deliberation and taking the advice of others within the game including those with considerable experience we decided that any attempt to appeal the SJFA decision would not be successful.
We wholeheartedly disagree with the decision that the panel came up with but as the governing body we respect their right to have come to that decision.