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Statement on behalf of CCLGFC
Posted by Chris Mosley
Nov 30, 2018, 15:19

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Statement on behalf of Cambridge City Ladies and Girls FC

Much has been said and reported upon over the last few weeks, following the complaint made by Cambridge United Women FC, that the pitch size at the recent FA Cup match against Cambridge City Ladies FC was not fully compliant with the current requirements of the SSE Women's FA Cup Competition. Now that the tie has been determined, we would like to take this opportunity to clarify several points and clear up some misleading statements that have been reported.

1) The pitch size at Trinity has been the same for more than 18 years. No other teams have ever queried or complained about the size of the pitch before. The pitch has hosted many important matches, including the recent FA Cup tie against Leyton Orient and fixtures for the Cambridgeshire FA Premier League.

2) If it is true that Cambridge United Women FC had 'concerns' about the pitch size leading up to the fixture, why did they not contact us or the FA prior to the day of the match?

3) Contrary to what Cambridge United Women FC have previously stated, they DID NOT make Cambridge City Ladies FC aware of any concerns they had on the day. The rules of the competition state quite clearly, that the protesting club must inform both the referee AND the home club of any concerns. They did not.

4) It was the referee (appointed by the FA) that decided that the game should be played. Cambridge United Women FC had the option whether to play or not. They chose to play.

5) Cambridge City Ladies FC were unaware that the pitch measurements were not fully compliant, but once it was confirmed, City immediately apologised. The club were not trying to gain any advantage. This was a simple and honest mistake.

Although we respect the right of Cambridge United Women FC to make a complaint such that they did, it is not an avenue that City would have chosen to take, nor do we think one that any other club would have chosen either. Surely the pitch size was the same for both sides.

The reason we feel strongly about this issue, is because the first match was probably the largest adult female football game ever played in the county and it was a great success, enjoyed by many people, including young girls who were probably watching their first ever senior ladies game. Regardless of the result, the events that followed, unfortunately tarnished the event.

We would now like to clear up a misleading statement released by Cambridge United Women FC on Wednesday 28th November 2018. Here are the facts;

Following a routine enquiry made by Cambridge City Ladies FC to the FA on Tuesday morning, the FA emailed City back early in the afternoon, advising that they (the FA) had identified a Cambridge United Women FC player who had played in the replay match at Mildenhall, but was not eligible to have done so. At around 5pm on Tuesday, the FA copied City into another email, where it showed that they (the FA) had charged Cambridge United Women FC with three counts of fielding an ineligible player. These charges related to the same player, on three different occasions (two of them being the cup matches against City). The FA had also copied in several other clubs into this email. At around lunchtime on Wednesday, City received yet another email from the FA, this one stating that all three charges against Cambridge United Women FC had been withdrawn, explaining that further internal enquiries by the FA, had revealed that the player was in fact eligible to play. Although this was a somewhat strange turn of events, in the interests of fairness, it was reassuring that the FA had rectified their mistake. You will note, that proceedings against Cambridge United Women FC were instigated by the FA, not by City.

Cambridge City Ladies FC would like to take this opportunity to thank all those within the local footballing community (and beyond) who have shown understanding for the situation that City found themselves in over the last couple of weeks. We have very much appreciated your support.

Finally, the Club would like to congratulate the Cambridge City Ladies squad (including the coaching and management staff) not only for their success in reaching the first round of the FA Cup for the first time ever, but also for the impeccable manner in which they have conducted themselves over recent weeks.

Now back to doing what we do best - playing football and promoting the girls and ladies game within Cambridgeshire.

There will be no further comment from the Club regarding this matter.

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