For the second time in its history, Bournemouth will be in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup. But there is an unusual episode to report, which happened even before the game with Burnley.
This Tuesday there were two games of the FA Cup Round of 16. THE Manchester United, with Bruno Fernandes coming in after 72 minutes, needed extra time to beat home West Ham 1-0. Scott McTominay scored the goal.
Before, there was a duel with two surprises to tell: one before the game and the other directly related to the game. The biggest surprise was the result – the Burnley, Premier League team (although struggling not to go down), lost at home by 0-2 against Bournemouth, Championship team (struggling to climb). Sam Surridge scored in the first half and Junior Stanislas closed the result near the end, in a penalty.
The most unusual episode in Turf Moor happened even before the match started. Bournemouth won on the pitch but could have won without needing to play: Burnley would be on the pitch a footballer who couldn’t play, according to competition rules.
Despite several changes that coach Sean Dyche made to Burnley’s starting team, the elected left-back was Erik Pieters, usual holder at Burnley. The problem is that in the previous two qualifiers, against MK Dons and Fulham, Pieters was shown a yellow card. With two yellow cards on his resume, he was suspended and could not play in the next round of the Cup.
Sean Dyche explained what happened: “The rules changed at this time, in relation to the cards and the number of games in the FA Cup. It was not purposeful. It was a simple administrative mistake. We have people responsible for keeping an eye on these situations, but unfortunately this one escaped us, until someone found out ”.
The newspaper Daily Mirror reports that this “someone” was … the opponent. Before the start of the game, Bournemouth communications director Anthony Marshall warned Burnley officials that Erik Pieters was not authorized to play.
“We have to be fair to Bournemouth, they were the ones who warned and mentioned the situation. Clap for them for their gentlemanly behavior“Continued the Burnley coach, who ended up putting Anthony Glennon on the field.
The victory came on the pitch and Bournemouth, only for the second time in their history, will be in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Nuno Teixeira, ZAP //