Manchester City Women FC have had a charge of fielding an ineligible player found not proven by the FA Women’s Super League (FA WSL) Management Committee.
It was alleged that the club fielded an unregistered player in their FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup match against Sunderland AFC Ladies on Saturday 15 August 2015, in breach of League Cup Rule 5 (Competition Rule 26.5).
Manchester City will therefore continue to participate in The FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup and their postponed quarter final fixture away at Arsenal will now be rearranged.
Having considered all the evidence and on the basis of written and oral submissions, The FA Women’s Super League Management Committee was not able to satisfy itself that the Registration Form had not been received in the offices of The Football Association.
It was significant in the opinion of the Management Committee, that whilst the Registration Form could not be located and had not been processed, that written confirmation from The FA, in the form of email, had been received by Manchester City Women FC.
This stated that the player, Kiera Walsh, had been registered prior to the match that was the subject of the charge taking place. In the light of the email and the overall course of events in this matter, it was the majority decision of the FA WSL Management Committee that the Rules of the FA WSL had not been broken in respect of the registration of Kiera Walsh.