McGill University and the Université de Montréal forfeit soccer matches after admitting to using ineligible student-athletes during the 2012-13 season.
Both institutions revealed to the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) that they inadvertently allowed the participation of a player who is 20 years of age or older (as of Aug. 16) and who participated in a professional soccer match without respecting the mandatory 365 day waiting period. The CIS considers all soccer leagues outside of Canada and the United States to be professional in nature.
McGill used the ineligible player in 11 of their 12 games, while Montreal allowed the participation of their ineligible player in seven contests. As per RSEQ and CIS policy, the identity of the student-athletes involved will not be revealed.
Both teams are subject to automatic 3-0 forfeits for all games in which the student-athletes participated, except the head-to-head match involving the two squads on Sept. 20, which will be listed as a double forfeit with a score of 0-0. All statistics will be nullified except those of the goalkeeper as well as yellow and red cards.
"McGill accepts the sanctions as per RSEQ and CIS policies and will work with both organizations to ensure the application and correct interpretation of this rule in going forward," said Drew Love, executive director of athletics and recreation at McGill.
In the case of Montreal, the Carabins undertook efforts to validate the eligibility of the student athlete, including confirming his professional soccer participation with his previous team. On Friday, the CIS confirmed that the player could participate barring the receipt of additional information to the contrary which was received this week.
"As with other institutions in our league, we have found it very challenging to apply these complex rules," said Manon Simard, director of athletics at UdeM. "We accept the decision and will work with the various stakeholders within university sport to make the necessary adjustments going forward."
As a result of these sanctions, Montreal's revised record falls to 4-8 and they will finish sixth in the seven-team league, while McGill will finish last with a 0-12 mark.
This affects the other teams and the playoff matchups this weekend. The Laval Rouge et Or take over top spot in the conference with a 9-0-3 record. The Concordia Stingers are the team who benefit the most from the situation, jumping from seventh to fourth with a 5-6-1 record and the final playoff berth.