ASB Chatham Cup appeal – Wairarapa United

Wairarapa United’s appeal of their disqualification from the ASB Chatham Cup has been dismissed.

July 12, 2013

AUCKLAND – New Zealand Football’s Appeal Committee has dismissed Wairarapa United’s appeal of disqualification from the 2013 ASB Chatham Cup for fielding an ineligible player.

The original disqualification on June 24 came after a protest from Napier City Rovers following the round three match between the two clubs in Napier on June 16.

Napier have since been eliminated by Palmerston North Marist who will host Cashmere Technical in the quarterfinals of the 90-year-old competition on July 28.

New Zealand Football is satisfied that both Napier City Rovers’s protest and Wairarapa United’s subsequent appeal have been dealt with appropriately and via a fair and robust process.

The Appeal Committee is comprised of three lawyers who fill the roles on an unpaid basis.

The interim decision is included below.

Interim Appeal Decision (full reasons to follow)

“On the 5th July 2013 we had forwarded to us by New Zealand Football an appeal by Wairarapa United against a decision of New Zealand Football dated 24th June 2013 to overturn the result of the Chatham Cup game between Wairarapa United and Napier City Rovers on the 16th June 2013 (won by Wairarapa United), and thus record Napier City Rovers as the winner.

“We are aware that this is a time sensitive matter given the nature the Chatham Cup as a knock out competition. Therefore we intend to release the result of the appeal hearing and then set out reasons in a later full decision.

“The appeal is dismissed and the original decision of New Zealand Football dated the 24th June 2013 shall stand.”

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