Soccer league penalises clubs and individuals

Eaglehawk and Shepparton United played a spiteful match in the preliminary final.
Eaglehawk and Shepparton United played a spiteful match in the preliminary final.

The Bendigo Amateur Soccer League has handed down misconduct offence notices to clubs and individuals from its finals series in October.

The 2017 BASL season, which was the first year four Shepparton-based clubs joins the league, was tarnished by a number of unsavoury incidents on and off the field.

BASL released a statement about the latest penalties, but refused to outline which clubs and/or individuals were involved.

The Eaglehawk versus Shepparton United preliminary final at Truscott Reserve was overshadowed by on-field spats and alleged violent threats off the field.

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At the time, Shepparton United president Mark Georgiou said the club was conducting an internal review of its fan behaviour.

“It is greatly disappointing that misconduct for off-field behaviour continues to be an issue for the league,’’ BASL said in a statement.

“A small number of club members continue to see abusive and threatening behaviour to be an outlet to express their views. 

“The league committee is committed to stamping out poor behaviour wherever it occurs and has referred a number of incidents to its discipline committee for assessment throughout the year. 

“The league cannot comment on the specifics of these cases due to the right of the individuals and their club to appeal the discipline committee findings. 

“We stand by our right to enforce the league’s code of conduct, rules of competition through our grievance, discipline and tribunal processes for the benefit of all participants in our game. 

“It is the behaviours of individuals and not the individuals themselves that we seek to change. 

“Together with the support of our member clubs, the league expects strong action against poor behaviours will result in improved environment for the enjoyment of our sport at all levels into the future.”

No appeal hearing date has been set.