CIS sanctions UPEI and StFX for men’s soccer eligibility violations

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October 12, 2012, HALIFAX – Canadian Interuniversity Sport has ruled on two self-disclosed eligibility violations by the University of Prince Edward Island and StFX University. Both violations occurred during the beginning of the 2012 men’s soccer season.

UPEI self-disclosure:

A UPEI student-athlete participated in two pre-season exhibition games and two regular season games (September 8, 3-1 win vs. Mount Allison) and (September 9, 0-0 tie vs. Moncton) while ineligible in accordance with CIS regulation 40.10.6.2.3.10, specifically with respect to the participation of a men’s soccer player who had also participated with a foreign team within the past 365 days as a 21-year old.

Under CIS Policy 90.30.4.11, this has been classified as a Level 2 infraction. As per the new CIS policy, the following sanctions have been imposed:

UPEI forfeits all games in which the ineligible player participated. UPEI’s record for the first two matches of the 2012 regular season shall be changed to 0 wins and 2 losses, and all games shall be credited to the opposing team with an official score of 3-0. A note reading “UPEI forfeits one win and one tie due to use of an ineligible player” shall accompany the official 2012 AUS soccer standings. All game statistics remain intact, except for the removal of those statistics credited to the ineligible player.

UPEI has been fined by CIS and will be placed on probation for a period of 24 months, during which time the university may continue to participate in AUS and CIS competition, but will be subject to a higher level of violation if another violation occurs.

There will be no sanctions against the student-athlete involved in the violation as the individual is considered to have been an unwitting participant in this matter and he is already ineligible for the fall season based upon CIS Policy.

StFX self-disclosure:

A StFX student-athlete participated in three pre-season exhibition games and three regular season games (September 7, 1-0 win vs. Dalhousie), (September 14, 0-0 tie vs. Dalhousie) and (September 16, 2-0 loss vs. Saint Mary’s) while ineligible in accordance with CIS regulation 40.10.6.2.3.10, specifically with respect to the participation of a men’s soccer player who had also participated with a foreign team within the past 365 days as a 21-year old.

Under CIS Policy 90.30.4.11, this has been classified as a Level 2 infraction. As per the new CIS policy, the following sanctions have been imposed:

StFX forfeits all games in which the ineligible player participated. StFX’s record for the first three matches of the 2012 regular season shall be changed to 0 wins and 3 losses, and all games shall be credited to the opposing team with an official score of 3-0. A note reading “StFX forfeits one win and one tie due to use of an ineligible player” shall accompany the official 2012 AUS soccer standings. Note: The 2-0 loss to Saint Mary’s will be adjusted to a 3-0 loss. All game statistics remain intact, except for the removal of those statistics credited to the ineligible player.

StFX has been fined by CIS and will be placed on probation for a period of 24 months, during which time the university may continue to participate in AUS and CIS competition, but will be subject to a higher level of violation if another violation occurs.

There will be no sanctions against the student-athlete involved in the violation as the individual is considered to have been an unwitting participant in this matter and he is already ineligible for the fall season based upon CIS Policy.

Atlantic University Sport will not be imposing any additional sanctions to UPEI or StFX as part of the new harmonized discipline approach adopted by the CIS following the 2012 CIS Annual General Meeting.

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