YORK MEN√Ę‚?¨‚?ĘS SOCCER SELF-DISCLOSES INELIGIBLE PLAYER

HAMILTON, Ont. – Ontario University Athletics (OUA) announced today that the York Lions men's soccer team has disclosed they unknowingly used an ineligible player for four games.

The player's participation was in violation of Rule 2.3.10 of the OUA Unit III Eligibility By-Laws, which states that “student-athletes must have an ‘amateur status' in order to be eligible for participation in OUA sports."

Andrea Lombardo was a Senior Roster member of Toronto FC of Major League Soccer (MLS) in both 2007 and 2008, with his last game played being April 19, 2008. OUA and Canadian Interuniversity Sports (CIS) regulations permit participation within MLS as a member of the Developmental Roster without impact on CIS eligibility, however, as Mr. Lombardo was a member of the Senior Roster, he is subject to professional participation regulations. This prohibits Mr. Lombardo from participating in CIS competition within one year of his last professional game.

Mr. Lombardo participated in four regular season games between Sept. 6 and Sept. 14 of this year; a 5-0 win over Guelph on Sept. 6; a 3-0 win over Waterloo on Sept. 7; a 3-1 victory over McMaster on Sept. 13; and a 1-0 win over Brock on Sept. 14. The results of these regular season games have been changed to a 1-0 York loss. All statistics from these games will remain valid, except for those of the ineligible player.

The current standings of OUA men's soccer is now as follows:

Team GP W L T GF GA PTS
Western 9 4 2 3 14 9 15
Laurier 8 4 1 3 11 7 15
Waterloo 8 3 3 2 6 12 11
McMaster 8 3 3 2 12 9 11
York 8 3 4 1 12 7 10
Brock 8 3 4 1 11 12 10
Windsor 9 2 3 4 13 17 10
Guelph 8 3 5 0 6 12 9


"York University is committed to the principles of student athlete eligibility and is working diligently to ensure that any potential gaps in our vetting process of all student athletes are identified and corrected," commented York's Director of Sport and Recreation Jennifer Myers. “York would also like to thank members of the CIS and OUA eligibility committee's for their patience and assistance in dealing with this matter as quickly as possible"

The matter remains under review by CIS which has the option to impose further sanctions.

– OUA –

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