Manchester City Women were

charged

with fielding an ineligible player because the Football Association might have ‘lost’ the registration form.

City were accused of playing midfielder Keira Walsh in their Continental Cup match against Sunderland on 15 August.

The club were

cleared

but it has now been revealed the FA may have misplaced and failed to process the paperwork.

The FA did however email the club confirmation that the registration had taken place.

In a statement on the

FA website, 

the FA WSL management committee said: “Having considered all the evidence and on the basis of written and oral submissions, the FA Women’s Super League Management Committee was not able to satisfy itself that the registration form had not been received in the offices of the Football Association.

“It was significant in the opinion of the management committee, that whilst the registration form could not be located and had not been processed, that written confirmation from The FA, in the form of email, had been received by Manchester City Women FC.”

City’s Continental Cup quarter-final at Arsenal Ladies on 13 September had to be postponed because the proceedings.

The fixture is set to be played on Thursday evening.