The British American Football Association have shared word that the Doncaster Mustangs fixture versus the Lancashire Wolverines will be awarded as a walkover win to the Wolverines, following the game initially being ‘postponed’ at the weekend.
Per BAFA’s statement, as the ability to provide adequate alternative officials for fixtures lacking BAFRA coverage is under a team’s control, the Mustangs, as hosts, will be held responsible for Sunday’s fixture not going ahead.
Issued with a yellow card, the Mustangs will be relegated to Division Two for 2020.
Doncaster Mustangs forfeit against Lancashire Wolverines
Monday, June 24, 2019
BAFA have been notified by the Doncaster Mustangs contact team that they have forfeited last weekend’s game against the Lancashire Wolverines.
The game was due to take place on Sunday, 23 June 2019. BAFRA had previously notified the teams that they were unable to provide officials, and so the teams were required to self-officiate the game. Unfortunately, the Doncaster Mustangs had insufficient coaches available to be able to comply with the requirements for self-officiating.
In accordance with the Competition Rules the game has been awarded as a 1-0 walkover win to the Lancashire Wolverines.
Further and in accordance with rule 13.19 of the Competition Rules the Doncaster Mustangs have now been issued with a yellow card. This means that at the end of the current season they will be relegated to Division 2. They will, however, continue in Division 1 (NFC 1 South) for the remainder of this season.
Clive Dobbin, Adult Commission Lead and Interim Operations Manager, said:
“While I have sympathy with the situation faced by the Doncaster Mustangs, it’s unfortunate that they have forfeited their fixture against the Lancashire Wolverines.
However, teams have to have sufficient coaches to be able to officiate their own games if required. The rules in this situation are clear and deem low player and coach numbers to be within the control of the team and so require the team to be issued with a yellow card, resulting in their relegation at the end of the current season.
I hope that the Doncaster Mustangs can now re-group and come back stronger so they can complete the remainder of their fixtures.”