The Pt Chevalier Pirates have been kicked out of this year's Fox Memorial Cup competition, after the club was accused of throwing their recent match against Marist Saints.
A judicial panel tonight found Pt Chevalier guilty of bringing disrespect to the competition after losing the final match of their minor premiership campaign 102-0 to Marist at Walker Park in Auckland last weekend.
Pt Chevalier fielded 13 players that were not on the team sheet the previous weekend.
This prompted the Papakura Sea Eagles, who were denied a place in the Fox Memorial semifinals due to the result, to complain to Auckland Rugby League that Pt Chevalier had effectively 'thrown' the match.
The three-man panel, which headed by former High Court judge Trevor Maxwell, agreed, and decided to remove Pt Chevalier from the playoffs.
It is understood Pt Chevalier will protest the panel's decision, meaning the Fox Memorial playoffs, which would now see Papakura play Marist in one semifinal, could potentially be delayed.
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