Spartans thrown out of Scottish Cup
Culter will face Partick Thistle in the third round after their previous opponents were found guilty of fielding an ineligible player.
Spartans have been thrown out of the Scottish Cup after being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in the second round.
The East of Scotland League side included Keith McLeod in their win over Culter in October.
But it later emerged that the player’s registration documents had been incorrectly completed, rendering him unavailable to feature.
A Scottish Football Association hearing on Thursday confirmed Spartans’ fate, meaning Culter will now play Partick Thistle in the third round on November 19. Spartans have also been issued with a £4,000 fine, which is suspended for 12 months.
“Obviously the outcome from today’s panel is disappointing," Spartans chairman Craig Graham told the club's official website. "We wish Culter well against Partick Thistle.
"It’s always tricky for a club like ours with volunteers in all the key positions. However we have made a number of changes to help ensure does a mistake doesn’t occur again in the future.
"I apologise to our players, coaching staff and supporters for what has happened, however I know we will bounce back.
"We have far too many great things happening at Spartans with fantastic people involved to allow this to be anything more than a minor setback."
The SFA’s rules on clubs fielding ineligible players were tightened at the start of last season, stating that sides would be expelled if found guilty.
McLeod has been with Spartans for 10 years, signing a new contract with the club in the summer.
SFA protocol dictates a contract must be dated twice when a copy is sent to Hampden but was only dated once when it was received.