Aberdeen Grammar Rugby have been deducted 2 competition points (Tennent’s National League 1) for fielding an ineligible player in a recent league match.
As soon as the oversight was detected by the Club’s own officials, the contravention was voluntarily reported immediately to the SRU’s Championship Committee by the Club itself.
The Club will not be appealing the sanction notified and applied by the SRU.
“We are very disappointed that this situation has arisen, but as soon as we
became aware of the issue we notified the SRU with a full explanation of the
circumstances and accordingly we accept the sanction we received for this
genuine mistake in processing the registration of an amateur player transferring mid-season to Aberdeen from an English club. We have also sincerely apologised to our opponents on the day for this unintentional oversight” – comments Club Chairman & Director of Rugby, Gordon Thomson.
The SRU’s Championship Committee decided – “That Aberdeen Grammar Rugby are in breach of National Competition Rule 4.8 in listing an ineligible player in the match day squad for the Tennent’s National League 1 fixture against Jed-Forest on 17 November 2018 when the player was yet to receive International Clearance to play in Scotland.” The sanction applied is – “Aberdeen Grammar Rugby are to receive a deduction of two competition points”