Spireites will attend a hearing at Wembley Stadium on Monday to answer the charges of playing an ineligible player in their weekend win at MK Dons.
There’s no doubt the competition rules were broken... Chief Executive Chris Turner has confirmed that written permission from Wolves to allow them to play loanee Georg Margreitter was not sent to the FA.
However there’s also no doubt that Wolves gave verbal permission for the Austrian to play.
The situation didn’t arise for the first round as Margreitter was out with a hamstring injury at that time.
Chesterfield are being advised by former FA Compliance Officer Graham Bean, ironically the man who knocked on Saltergate’s door back in March 2001 to start the investigation in to subsequently disgraced owner Darren Brown.
The club will be hoping that the precedent set in 2012 when a similar situation occurred at Bradford City stands; Bantams, this weekend’s opponents at the Proact, were fined £1000 and allowed to continue in the competition.
City go into the weekend in decent form with four wins and a draw in five.
They saw off Dartford 4-1 in the cup on Sunday and sit two places and one point ahead of Paul Cook’s Spireites.
Phil Parkinson has seen Billy Clarke and Jon Stead find some form in attack, they’ve both scored in each of the last two games but the manager hasn’t seen his defence keep a clean sheet in ten.
In recent meetings, Chesterfield have won just one in ten and they’ve not won at home against Bradford since 2007.