University College Cork have won their appeal against Leeds’ fielding of an ineligible player and, as a result, been crowned Munster Senior League champions for the 2013/14 season.
Summary Of The Decision
– Leeds fielded an ineligible player against UCC. Leeds forfeit the match and UCC are awarded a 3-0 victory.
– Total points awarded to each team be adjusted. Leeds finish with 17 points. UCC finish with 42 points (one ahead of Avondale).
– Munster Senior League’s declaration that Avondale are Munster Senior League Champions 2013/14 be revoked with immediate effect.
– UCC declared as 2013/14 Munster Senior League Premier Division champions.
The following is taken from the official arbitration document, with the key points in the decision underlined.
The arbitration hearing took place in Dublin on October 14th, with representatives from UCC, the FAIAC, the Munster Football Association, the Munster Senior League, Avondale, and Leeds. Also present were Eoin Traynor (acting FAI Disciplinary Regulations Officer) and Paddy McCormack (FAI Secretariat).
Section 7.2 of the ‘Award of the Arbitrator’ document states that although Avondale United may have fielded a weakened team during their last game of the season, believing the league had already been won, they were “or should have been aware of the possibility of a protest by UCC Soccer Club”. The Arbitrator goes on to say that “it would be wrong to deny UCC its rightful league title.”
Background To The Story
Here is an excerpt from an earlier Pundit Arena article on the story:
As reported by Pundit Arena on May 31st, the Premier Division of the Munster Senior League (MSL) has descended into farce as a result of the MSL’s decision to award Everton three points due to Leeds AFC playing an ineligible player, and their failure to treat Leeds’ other opponents in the same manner, namely University College Cork (UCC).
UCC finished in second place in the Premier Division, one point behind winners Avondale. However, the Students drew 1-1 with Leeds earlier in the season in a game that involved the ineligible player and believe they too should receive the full match points. This would see UCC finish ahead of Avondale with a total of 42 points.
See the article in full here.
Avondale had originally been awarded the Munster Senior League trophy, but it is now set to rest in UCC for the remainder of the season. The final standings for the 2013/14 season are as follows:
1. University College Cork – 42 points.
2. Avondale United – 41 points.
Credit must go to Kieran Nestor, John MacCarthy, Peter Quigley, Conor Barry and Ger O’Sullivan of UCC who never gave up throughout the arduous process.