With minutes to go for the kick-off of the Milo Premier trophy final, a restraining order was issued by the Colombo District court halting the continuation of the game.
The restraining order was raised by Ananda College following their team allegedly being found guilty of fielding an ineligible player in the semifinal that took place between Lumbini College and Ananda College. Ananda won the match 26-22.
Earlier this week, the Sri Lanka Schools Rugby Football Association (SLSRFA) decided to name Lumbini the winner of the semifinal against Ananda after considering evidence presented to the governing body.
“In the match between Ananda and Lumbini, the Lumbini team made a formal protest on one player from Ananda, citing that he had failed the GCE ordinary level examination and is ineligible” added Ranjith Chandrasekara speaking to the media regarding the matter.
Lumbini College were given the ticket to the final after Ananda were found guilty
“We had a disciplinary inquiry and we requested Ananda to present the GCE Ordinary Level certificate of the player. They replied to me stating that they are an institution that has technical subjects”
“Then we requested the school to present the respective educational documents and since Ananda failed to present them three times and our disciplinary committee decided that since there was no evidence presented, to award the win to Lumbini”
The Milo Premier Trophy 2019 match between Lumbini College and Thurstan college has been called off following a restraining order that was raised by Ananda College.
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“We will respect the decision of the courts and we have postponed the match for 14 days. We have decided that we will present our particulars to court within the 14 days” he further added.
The game that was supposed to be held today will only be played following the verdict of the court which is scheduled for 2nd August 2019.
With the G. C. E. Advanced Level examinations approaching in August, the game is expected to be further postponed to September. If there is no match played, the two finalists will be declared joint champions.