CR & FC out of the Dialog Rugby League

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CR & FC will face a suspension from the Dialog Rugby League 2019/20 and are also set to pay a hefty fine following the events that unfolded in their 13th week game against Police Sports Club.

The incident occurred on the 1st of March during the 13th week of the tournament where CR & FC decided to walk away from the game in the 60th minute of play in protest of the officials not letting one of their players in as a substitute.

Omalka Gunaratne was barred from being brought in as a substitute by the match commissioner as the match-day doctor confirmed that he had a confirmed case of conjunctivitis that could cause a potential threat to the players, opposition and the match officials.

Read the full incident here: CR & FC’s walk of protest

Following the encounter, an inquiry was held by the tournament organizers Sri Lanka Rugby (SLR) and yesterday(17th) a decision was made to suspend the club from participating in any further matches of the Dialog Rugby League 2019/20.

They have also been imposed with a fine of Rs. 350,000/= along with a 3-month ban on their manager.

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The disciplinary committee of Sri Lanka Rugby comprised of Suren De Silva (Att. At Law), Maj. Gen. Chrishnaratne (rtd) and Shahid Sanghani (Att. At Law).

This means that CR & FC will have to forfeit their final league game against CH & FC which was scheduled and later not played while the decision on the super round is yet to be made.

Read more: CR & FC halted from playing!

However, CR & FC will have a chance of participating in the Dialog Clifford Cup.

With sporting activities and public gatherings suspended, the take on the Dialog Rugby League and its resumption is yet to be decided by SLR.