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GFA confirm Mons Calpe breach of HGP rule

The GFA today have released a statement in relation to the Premier Division match which took place last Friday, 21st October 2016, between Glacis United and Mons Calpe. The game ended 0-0 but the GFA have ruled Mons Calpe were in breach of HGP rules.

During the course of the game, Mons Calpe midfielder Tyson Ruiz was sent off mid way through the second half, leaving Max Cottrell as the only HGP player on the field. On the 88th minute, Cottrell was substituted with Reece Placid coming on in his place, thus leaving Mons Calpe with no HGP player on the field of play.

GFA HGP rules state:

16.1 In any match, a team must have at least 1 Home Grown Player on the field of play at all times except in the circumstances set out at 16.4 below.

16.2 In any match, a team must have at least 3 Home Grown Players on the team sheet and present on the substitute bench.

16.3 If a team is found not to have complied with 16.1 and 16.2 above, the match will be  declared  a  forfeit  against  the  said  team,  in  accordance  with  the  GFA Disciplinary Rules.

16.4 If  during  a  match,  a  team  cannot  fulfil  16.1  as  a  result  of  injury,  illness or suspension, and the team has exhausted its three permitted match substitutions, then rule 16.1 will not apply.

With 1 substitute still to use, Mons Calpe had Ethan Jolley and Nicholas Rumbo on the bench but non were utilised, thus a breach of the HGP rule note above. The GFA released the following statement regarding the matter:

Following an investigation, Mons Calpe SC have been found to be in breach of the Home Grown Player rule in their recent fixture versus Glacis Utd. As a result the club automatically forfeits the match, (which is awarded 3-0 in favour of Glacis Utd FC), and have been fined £350.

Glacis now move level on points with Lincoln, St Josephs and Mons Calpe as all 4 sit with 9 points, 3 adrift of leaders Europa.