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WHO The New Saints' will face in the quarter-finals of the Irn-Bru Cup remains uncertain after Livingston were ordered to replay their fourth round tie.

At a disciplinary hearing held today, a sub-committee of the SPFL Board charged Livingston for playing Alan Lithgow in the game against Crusaders whilst he was ineligible as he was under a Scottish FA suspension at the time.

The defender started the game and played the full 90 minutes in Livingston’s 2-1 win away in Belfast earlier this month.

Livingston pleaded guilty to a breach of the Regulations of the SPFL Challenge Cup Competition and, as a result, the club were censured, ordered to replay the game against Crusaders and fined £4,000.

The replay has been arranged for Tuesday November 1 with TNS scheduled to meet the winners the following Sunday.

The range of punishments available to the SPFL included expelling Livi from the competition, but chief executive Neil Doncaster commented: "In the interests of sporting integrity and fairness to both sides, the game will be replayed."

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21 October 2017

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