Dunlop rubbed out for season

FORMER Spring Gully coach Damien Dunlop has been suspended for the rest of the cricket season.

Dunlop was brought before the Emu Valley Cricket Association tribunal on Wednesday night for a hearing into allegations of abusing players, spectators and an umpire while playing in a division one match against Mandurang.

The tribunal found enough evidence to charge Dunlop for bringing the game into disrepute.

After a marathon three-hour hearing, Dunlop was then found guilty and suspended for the remainder of the cricket season.

Dunlop fought the charge, but the tribunal sided with evidence from four witnesses and two written statements.

"Mandurang had done their homework and had witnesses, the umpire was witness to a few things as well, so it really was stacked up against him," an EVCA spokesman said.

Dunlop, who was stood down as Spring Gully's coach midway through its round six match against Emu Creek, received no support at the tribunal from the Crows.

The EVCA spokesman hoped Dunlop's suspension would put all cricketers on notice that abuse during matches would not be tolerated.

"I think it just sends a clear message that no one will tolerate this sort of behaviour at any level," he said.

Dunlop, who is employed by Cricket Victoria as the Northern Rivers regional cricket manager, could appeal his suspension to the Victorian Country Cricket League.

Guilty of bringing game into disrepute

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