Spireites say sorry as FA Cup tie is replayed

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Spireites’ Chief Executive Chris Turner has apologised to the fans over the MK Dons FA Cup fiasco.

Turner said: “On behalf of the football club, I would like to apologise to supporters for the administrative error made prior to the tie.

“I was unable to comment on the matter before the hearing as it may have affected our case.

“An internal investigation has been conducted and no one person is to blame.

“There was a breakdown in communication, which unfortunately resulted in this problem occurring.

“As Chief Executive, I shoulder the responsibility for what happens at the club and procedures have now been put in place to ensure that this error is never repeated. I will also be asking MK Dons if they are willing to offer reduced admission prices to the game.”

The replay has been set for Friday January 2 at 7.45pm at stadium:mk, a date that has further bemused fans.

The FA had wanted the game playing before Christmas, but MK Dons had said it was impossible for them to be able to ‘turn the stadium around’ for a home game in that period, so the FA stepped in to select the date and time that seems to inconvenience fans even more.

Spireites travel to Gillingham this weekend in a bid to get back to winning ways in the league.

Paul Cook’s men were charged by the FA for fielding an ineligible player, loanee Georg Margreitter.