Burnley forced into last-gasp change after ‘FORGETTING’ Eric Pieters was suspended was Bournemouth clash in FA Cup

RED-FACED Burnley axed Erik Pieters at the last minute from their FA Cup line-up against Bournemouth tonight – after remembering he was SUSPENDED.

The Clarets faced being been thrown out of the tournament for fielding an ineligible player had Holland left-back Pieters taken part.

But instead academy product Anthony Glennon came into the side for the last-16 home clash.

Burnley announced on social media the change was "due to an administrative error" – but fans pounced on the blunder.

One said: "That is embarrassing" – while many others were baffled, with their responses including "Wow!"

But posts like this spelled it out: "The club are fully aware of the rules! But yes if he played they would be charged with fielding an ineligible player – normally kicked out if found guilty."

The Clarets are aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the first time since2002-03.

And supporters on social media noted that Pieters' enforced absence left them fragile at the back.

When one posted "So we don't have a first-team left-back" another replied: "We have two, one injured and one suspended."

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Meanwhile, the Cherries' interim manager Jonathan Woodgate is looking for an immediate impact from Harry Redknapp helping out in coaching over the past few days.

Promotion straight back to the Premier League is still Bournemouth's priority.

But they bag this evening's clash at Turf Moor brightly.

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