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Bradford City could be investigated after substitution

 


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Bradford City could be investigated after substituting their goalkeeper after 2 minutes in their Checkatrade Trophy tie against Bury.

The strange incident happened at Bradford City when they substituted their goalkeeper off after 2 minutes in order to abide by the rules of having 5 first team players in the starting line-up.

Colin Doyle, who was signed in the summer from Blackpool for £1, was replaced in the 2nd minute by back up goalkeeper Rouven Sattelmaier without even touching the ball. The nearest he got to the ball was when a cross came into the box but it was cleared by the Bradford defence.

Bradford City assistant manager Kenny Black, who took charge of the team for the match, joked that he took Doyle off as he "thought he had a poor 45 seconds".

When speaking more seriously about why the substitution was made Black said "The rules are there, we'd have loved to have played some more young kids but have first-team guys that need games. We adhere to the rules.”

He added "Rouven did very well in the Stoke game so was a little disappointed not to get the full 90 minutes. All we're doing is trying to keep everyone happy."

This is not the first time that an incident like this has happened in this competition at Valley Parade. In 2011 Sheffield Wednesday were the visitors and took off their goalkeeper, Nicky Weaver, after 2 minutes. However, Gary Megson took the sub­sti­tutions a step further by taking off 2 more players in the 17th minute.   

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