Statement issued by the EFL in regards to Jonny MargettsOnly at this point were Crewe officials notified of the position. In parallel, a communication was distributed to all EFL Clubs.
January was the first winter window following the removal of clubs' inability to make emergency loans/temporary transfers and throughout the course of Friday EFL officials were working with their counterparts from the Football Association to provide clarity for its members. This was achieved at around 16.30.
This anomaly only came to light at the end of the transfer window as the EFL processed the various loan move application to its clubs, including the Margetts transfer.
The confusion in Margett's case was created as the type of registration (permanent or loan) under which a player is eligible to play in the National League, now needs to be taken into account in the context of FIFA's regulation on status and transfer of players.
The 23-year-old striker agreed to join the League Two club on transfer deadline day, but the deal was revoked late on Friday as the player, under FIFA rules, could not be eligible for Crewe having played for both Scunthorpe and previous club Lincoln City during the 2016/17 season.
The EFL has moved to clarify the position on the loan move of Johnny Margetts to Crewe Alexandra from Scunthorpe United.