Nathan Jones is furious that striker Danny Hylton will serve a three match ban that actually covers four matches.
The controversial striker was sent off in the League One match against Rochdale, meaning he picked up an automatic three game ban. However, new rules state that although he wasn’t technically banned for their game against Peterborough in Checkatrade Trophy, he wasn’t allowed to play as part of his suspension.
It makes the red card for a wild lunge on Ian Henderson worth four games, even though he’s only banned for three. Confused? Jones isn’t, he’s just plain angry.
“Without getting myself in trouble with the authorities, it’s just very, very strange how that decision can come about,” he told local media.
“It’s a number of things that you want to take into consideration. One, it is a separate entity, so if you get booked in the Checktrade for example, then it doesn’t count for league.”
“Then if you do get sent off in a league game, the game’s not deemed worthy that it counts as one of the suspended games, so fine, but then you’re not allowed to play in it either?”
The competition has come under fire in recent years, Luton themselves picking up a fine in 2016/17 for fielding a weakened side. Chelsea Under 21s almost made it to the Wembley final last season, beaten by eventual winners Lincoln City in the semis, whilst this year group games do not end at the same time, leading to some clubs not knowing their fate despite having completed their games.
It’s a farcical competition anyway. The FA just seem to make in worse every season, making sides play strong teams and adding in silly rule changes that bring about confusion and uncertainty.
Scrap it and be done with it.