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Fans’ fury after FA Cup game postponed due to Forest Green FA investigation


Forest Green fans were left fuming after making the 188 mile trip to Blackpool to find their FA Cup second road clash in Lancashire was postponed due to an FA investigation.

Stroud Times understands the FA are looking into a possible player paperwork issue following Rovers’ first round replay victory over National League North side Scarborough, with the potential error made in the first game.

Fan Ben Rowles made the journey to Blackpool on Friday night, with his young family, he said: “A lot of fans have made the trip and this just sums up our season to be honest. My mate Matt Flagg and his family are still coming up on Saturday morning as he booked the hotel before the game was called off.”

Another fan told Stroud Times: “What a complete shambles – fans have spent good money and I hope the club can come up with some compensation package.”

The team bus was forced to return to Gloucestershire yesterday halfway through their journey to Lancashire.

Rovers are expecting to hear an outcome of the investigation by the end of the weekend.

In a statement, Forest Green Rovers said: “We will comply with the FA in their investigation and will provide a full update to supporters in the coming days once the investigation is complete.

“Forest Green Rovers apologises to both FGR and Blackpool fans who planned to attend tomorrow’s fixture.”

In a statement, Blackpool wrote: “The club can confirm Saturday’s FA Cup second round tie at home to Forest Green Rovers has been postponed.

“This decision has been made by the FA due to an investigation in relation to a matter involving Forest Green Rovers.

“Blackpool Football Club would like to apologise to supporters for the inconvenience this has caused and is disappointed to be informed of this news at such short notice.

“Further details on the outcome of the investigation will be announced in due course.”

Eight years ago the Football Conference fined Rovers £500 and docked the club three points after an administrative error led to defender Luke Oliver appearing without official registration in the first game of the season at Southport.

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