An FA Trophy match between Altrincham FC and Colwyn Bay that ended in controversial circumstances after referee Mark Ackerman became injured has to be replayed, the FA has confirmed.
This decision becomes hugely controversial as Colwyn Bay rejected a replacement qualified referee from the crowd, as they claimed he had been drinking during the match.
Altrincham coach Ian Senior also volunteered to run the line for the remaining seven minutes but was rejected too by Colwyn Bay; meaning alternatives were offered.
The incident occurred in the 83rd minute of the tie, when Altrincham were 2-0 in the lead and cruising through to the next round of the non-league competition.
Althrincham's chairman Grahame Rowley believed that the game should have been awarded in favour of 'Alty', as they were on course for the victory.
In an interview with BBC Sport he said: "We hope we don't have to come back for seven minutes. We were dominating. They should award the game to us."
Thus, he will have been disappointed this week as the FA have upheld their rules, with the game to be replayed in full this Tuesday, pleasing Colwyn Bay as this is what they wanted from the tie.
Their manager, Frank Sinclair, told the BBC his team were "within their rights" to want the game to be replayed, as it had been ended via no fault of their own.
The winners of the tie being replayed tonight will face Brackley Town or Leek Town in the first proper round of the competition, one which is fiercely contested, as it is a great chance for non-league sides to have a big day out at Wembley, raise funds and get their hands on a rare piece of silverware.
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