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Stevie May to sit out County clash

12 August 2014

  • Stevie May signed for Owls on Saturday
  • Striker has outstanding suspension in Scotland
  • English FA uphold one-match ban
  • May to miss Capital One Cup game v Notts County

Stevie May will sit out the Owls’ Capital One Cup clash with Notts County at Hillsborough on Tuesday night.

The new recruit – who joined from SPL side St Johnstone on Saturday - accrued two yellow cards in the Scottish FA Cup last season playing for his former employers, triggering a one-match ban.

Given the disciplinary rules north of the border are contrary to those in England, May must serve the suspension with the Owls.

The difference lies that in Scotland, suspensions are served in the respective competition in which the sanction was received.

In England, however, the rules state that first team suspensions are served immediately, irrespective of the competition.

Sheffield Wednesday have been in constant dialogue with the England FA’s disciplinary department on the cross border ruling but the governing body have upheld the suspension.

May was booked during the Saints’ Scottish FA Cup semi final win over Aberdeen and the victory against Dundee United in the final.

The Owls’ Club Secretary Lindsey Taylor said: “On receipt of the International Transfer Certificate for Stevie on Monday afternoon, a sporting sanction was registered and when investigated was found to be an outstanding suspension.

“Scottish football runs a different disciplinary system to England, whereby cautions and suspensions in Scotland are competition specific, whilst in England, cautions are accumulated from all first team competitions.

“The cautions Stevie received under Scottish FA Cup rules would, subject to him remaining at St Johnstone, have resulted in him missing the next Scottish FA Cup match in which they were involved.

“But on the transfer of registration to an English club, this suspension falls into our system and becomes a suspension which must be served instantly and automatically from the date of confirmed registration until we have completed one first team competitive fixture.

“Unfortunately, Stevie is therefore suspended for the Notts County fixture but will be cleared of suspension and available for Saturday’s home game with Derby County.”

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