The Moray membership have been fined and given a 3-0 defeat by the SPFL for taking part in defender Darryl McHardy when suspended.
The Black and Whites drew 0-0 with the Trustworthy Males at Somerset Park on Saturday, with Ayr successful the Group F encounter 4-3 on penalties.
Elgin Metropolis boss Gavin Worth insists a 3-0 defeat for fielding an ineligible participant within the Premier Sports activities Cup received’t detract from the way in which his group are shaping up for the season.
McHardy was meant to be serving a one-match suspension, however the defender was listed on the bench earlier than being introduced on as a sub after 33 minutes rather than Jake Dolzanski.
Keiran Carty, the membership’s common supervisor, admitted accountability for the error which led to McHardy being concerned and apologised to everybody who labored arduous for the draw at Ayr.
He vowed to personally refund all Elgin followers who made the journey to Somerset Park.
Elgin admitted breaching SPFL guidelines and, following a gathering of a sub committee of the SPFL board, Metropolis have been reprimanded and warned about future conduct, awarded a 3-0 defeat and fined £1,000 with £500 suspended till June 30 2023 pending any additional breaches of SPFL participant rules.
Worth’s aspect, who at the moment are on zero factors, return to League Cup motion on Saturday after they face Annan Athletic at Galabank earlier than internet hosting St Johnstone on Tuesday.
Worth defined the significance in not letting the error impression negatively on the robust pre-season work, with the larger image specializing in kicking off League 2 season in opposition to East Fife on the finish of the month.
He mentioned: “It’s unlucky, after all, however it actually doesn’t change rather a lot by way of our preparation all through this League Cup interval.
“It received’t take away from our efficiency in opposition to Ayr.
“The thought of the League Cup usually talking is, though we’re attempting our greatest to progress, to organize for the beginning of our league season on July 30.
“These are completely different ranges of groups we’re taking part in in opposition to and that is still the target. I received’t lose any sleep over what’s occurred.
“It’s an sincere mistake and also you study from that. There’s no level letting a cloud hold over the membership due to it. It was an sincere admin error, nothing extra sinister than that.
“We lick our wounds and get on with it. The 4 cup ties are about getting game-time at a aggressive stage and we check ourselves in opposition to good opposition. Nothing’s modified.