For the players of Havant & Waterlooville, Saturday’s game at Anfield will easily be the biggest of their career. However, the Daily Mail report that one of non-league team’s players will be cruelly denied the chances to feature in the 4th round tie due to some rather unnecessary FA intervention.
Full-back Justin Gregory looked like serving a one-match ban for tonight’s hastily rearranged league match at Thurrock tonight, before the FA got wind of what the club were up to.
Gregory said: “It’s a nightmare, but there’s not much I can do about it. The FA are pretty archaic if you ask me.
“I’ve written a few emails to officials to explain the situation, but I don’t remember them going back on a decision too many times, so I guess I just have to live with it.
“I did an interview saying I was happy there was a league game taking place so my suspension would be cleared, but that was taken out of context.
“The FA officials obviously saw that and think the game has been specifically arranged. I’m absolutely gutted, but you also have to keep things in perspective. Nobody died and it gives someone else the chance to play at Anfield.”
Rafael Benitez will be breathing a sigh of relief after the FA confirmed Gregory’s omission. This now gives the Reds a very real chance of qualifying for the 5th round draw of the FA Cup.