Lions have been disqualified from the Peter Morrison Trophy Final having fielded an ineligible player in the semi-final against North London Raiders.
The player had played in an earlier round for Lions B and this, unknown to Lions management, meant he was unable to play for the A team in later rounds.
As soon as the club realised the error, it advised the organising committee and indeed this was the first they had heard of the infraction.
Manager Andy Landesberg said ‘It is obviously very disappointing, but it’s no-one’s fault but mine as we were playing to the usual rules set by the MGBSFL rather than the one’s specific to this competition, so it was a genuine error. We were at least able to advise the National Football Committee ourselves and it was important that we acted with honesty and in good faith throughout. We received praise for this at the hearing, despite not being able to remain in the competition.
‘We move on and have another final to look forward to on Saturday 14th May, so that will be our focus once the league season is complete’.
The Morrison final will now be contested by Raiders, who are reinstated having lost to Lions in the offending match.