Championship Play Off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday have been asked to explain a loan blunder prior to Saturday’s match at Bristol City to The Football Association according to the Sheffield Star.
Football League rules permit clubs to name a maximum of five loanees in an 18 man match day squad.
Prior to kick off at Ashton Gate, Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal named a total of six loanees in his 18 man squad but resolved the error around 75 minutes before the match commenced.
Michael Turner (Norwich City), Daniel Pudil (Watford), Alex Lopez (Celta Vigo) and Aiden McGeady (Everton) were all set to start the match for The Owls with Vincent Sasso (Braga) and Joe Bennett (Aston Villa) named amongst the substitutes. After discovering his error, Wednesday boss Carvalhal opted to drop Joe Bennett and instead select outcast Jack Hunt for a place on the bench.
Wednesday went on to suffer a 4-1 defeat at Bristol City and with the team selection error not affecting the outcome of the match, Wednesday are unlikely to face any points deduction. Should The Football Association fail to be satisfied with the club’s explanation, a four figure fine is expected to be the most likely punishment.
A club must declare their starting line up and substitutes at least an hour before kick off and although Wednesday made an initial error, this was corrected before the deadline.