PSV Eindhoven have been thrown out of this season’s Dutch Cup after they fielded an ineligible player in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Heerenveen’s reserves.
Defender Manuel da Costa was suspended for the match after receiving two yellow cards in last season’s competition but played against Young Heerenveen in the second round encounter.
“This is so embarrassing – we can never justify this inexcusable mistake”, PSV general manager Jan Reker said on the club’s official Web site.
Da Costa, who was booked against Go Ahead Eagles and NAC Breda, was chosen to start against Heerenveen reserves.
“This is an inexcusable blunder,” added Reker. “I have immediately taken the decision to alter our administrative affairs procedures. We will have a thorough investigation and, believe me, you haven’t heard the last of that.
“We always compete for silverware, so I really, really regret not being able to win the Dutch Cup this season,” he added.