The Football League has confirmed that Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe was eligible to play against Burnley in the Carling Cup semi-final second leg, after the Championship side had questioned whether the striker should even have been allowed on the pitch.
The former Portsmouth ace was not signed in time for the first leg, but scored in the second and the Clarets wrote to the Football League to ask if the rule applies to the tie as a whole therefore ruling him out of the second leg as well.
Burnley had raced into a 3-0 lead to level the scores at 4-4 to send the game into extra-time but goals from Roman Pavlyuchenko and Defoe sent Spurs through 6-4 on aggregate in the final minutes of the epic clash.
But the Football League has dashed any hopes Owen Coyle's side may have had of reaching the final at Wembley by stating that Defoe was entitled to play.
"Contrary to newspaper reports, the Football League can confirm that Tottenham Hotspur player Jermain Defoe was eligible to play in last Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final against Burnley," a Football League statement read.
"Defoe had not already appeared in this season's competition having only been a non-playing substitute in Portsmouth's match with Chelsea.
"Additionally there are no rules preventing a player not registered in time for the first leg from playing in the second leg."
Spurs will play Manchester United in the Carling Cup final at Wembley on Sunday 1st March.