Chesterfield chief executive John Croot has been speaking about the administrative issue that saw the club forced to replay their FA Cup tie with Stockport County.

The Spireites had beaten County to progress to the first round proper, but in last night’s replay, they were beaten 4-0 by their National League counterparts.

Loan player Jordan Cropper played in the first match with the club having not submitted a copy of the loan permission to The FA prior to the registration deadline, in breach of competition rules.

Croot said in an update to supporters: “At the root of the issue was the fact that the club was without a football secretary for three months prior to the takeover. We made the appointment of a football secretary a priority after taking over and were then faced with a backlog of contracts and paperwork which needed to be addressed.

“To compound the matter, a technical issue involving an email relating to Jordan Cropper’s registration arose. We launched a robust defence when facing an FA panel and they took into account the mitigating circumstances by agreeing to allow the tie to be replayed.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone connected with the club and pledge to put procedures in place to ensure there is no similar problem in the future. It is something that should not have happened, but we have to accept our punishment, move on and learn from this.”

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