2012 Sutherland Cup Competition
Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 10:37PM
Statement on behalf of the Behaviour in Sport Committee of the Camanachd Association in relation to the 2012 Sutherland Cup competition.
We have had to make a difficult decision in a very unfortunate case.
We have upheld the complaint of Misconduct made by the Discipline Administrator of the Camanachd Association against Newtonmore Camanachd.
In doing so, we would commend Newtonmore for their prompt admission of their breach of the rules of the Sutherland Cup Competition and for the thorough and honest approach taken by Mr MacArthur and Mr MacDonald, their representatives at the Hearing. We have no doubt Newtonmore’s breach of the Rules arose by way of an honest mistake.
However in this case the breach may have had practical consequences in influencing the outcome of both the semi-final and the final, in both of which games their ineligible player scored a goal. Our decision, which is the only realistic one open to us, is that Newtonmore must forfeit the semi-final game to the opponents and are disqualified from the 2012 Sutherland Cup Competition. The result of their semi-final and the cup final are therefore nullified.
We thank the Camanachd Association for assisting us by obtaining specialist legal advice from sports lawyers frequently advising Sportscotland and other sports governing bodies in such matters.
It has also been decided that the 2012 Sutherland Cup Final will now be played between the losing semi-finalists to Newtonmore, namely Glenurquhart Shinty Club, and the losing finalists to Newtonmore, namely Kingussie Camanachd Club. The Camanachd Association will now make the arrangements.