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Is This Daft FA Cup Rule One Of The Most Unfair In The Game?

Is This Daft FA Cup Rule One Of The Most Unfair In The Game?

Meet Charlee Adams.

Not to be confused with Charlie Adam of Liverpool, Stoke and Rangers fame, the 23 year-old Barnet midfielder is younger, perhaps a bit better looking, and most definitely a hell of a lot less Scottish than his similarly named footballing contemporary.

Adam - Senior - has gained a notoriety throughout his long career for a few things.  The highlight, without question, of his career came in 2011, when Alex Ferguson lauded Adam in the wake of Manchester United almost being embarrassed by the then Blackpool set-piece wizard, in a squeaky bum affair at Bloomfield Road one January evening.

Alongside Adam's - Senior- deft aptitude from a dead-ball, however, came his almost jaw-dropping propensity to pick up a yellow or red card, here and there.

And this dovetails beautifully with an unfortunate scenario that Adams - Junior - finds himself in, less than a fortnight away from his National League side's FA Cup Fourth Round clash at home to Brentford.

The former West Ham and Birmingham City academy player has fallen foul of possibly the least thought-out rule in footballing history. Adams, one of the Bee's main assets, will miss the opportunity to turn out against the Championship outfit, having picked up two yellow cards in this year's competition.

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But, speaking to Talksportearlier today, Barnet chairman, Tony Kleanthous bemoaned the stupidity of the rule, introduced only this season, citing the fact that Adams had played in all three rounds to date, as well as a First Round replay against Bristol Rovers. A run, that began for the North London side, back in November.

No Brentford player, on the other hand, could possibly have been stricken by the same rule, as, by virtue of being a Championship club, they only joined the competition at the Third Round stage, where they overcome Oxford United and 'front man' Gavin Whyte.

Kleanthous went on to explain that Adams suspension further stuck in the craw, due to Barnet's exemplary discipline record this season, which sees them second in the National League's Fair Play table.

As if being the little guy wasn't hard enough

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