COLCHESTER United's League Two rivals Crawley Town have been punished by the Football Association after being found guilty of fielding two suspended players in the Carabao Cup fourth-round tie between the two clubs.

Reece Grego-Cox and Dannie Bulman both started the cup game at the Broadfield Stadium last November - which the U's won 3-1 - despite already being suspended.

As a result, the Reds have been found guilty of breaching FA rules.

They were charged with failing to comply with an automatic suspension and both players received a one-match suspension, along with a £200 fine.

Crawley were also charged £4,000 after admitting a charge of failing to do all things necessary to ensure that the duo complied with an automatic suspension.

Goals from Luke Norris, Luke Gambin and a Michael Luyambula own goal saw Colchester progress to a quarter-final tie at Manchester United, where they eventually bowed out of the competition after losing 3-0 at Old Trafford.