Belgium: Royal Leopold Sentencing Hits Hard

Leopold was sentenced to forfeit all their matches played with two ‘illegal’ Argentinian players

The Uccle club was accused of irregularities in the qualifications under the tourist visas of the two Argentines.


L’Royal Belgian Hockey Association (ARBH) condemned Leopold to the package for all its disputed meetings with its two Argentinian players. The Uccle club of the ION Hockey League men will not be able to play in the semi-finals and the women are relegated to 12th and last place.

In a press release sent Thursday, the ARBH specifies that “in the case of the two Argentinian players (Federico Monja and Agustina Albertarrio) that the Léopold had played with a tourist visa, the Control Committee (legal body of the ARBH) found Leopold guilty of a breach of Article 8 of the ARBH’s Internal Rules and of forfeiting Leopold for all the matches played with the two Argentine players”.

The avenue Dupuich club was accused of irregularities in the qualifications under tourist visas of the two Argentines when they would have benefited from benefits in kind, which the regulations prohibit.

Federico Monja and Agustina Albertario wore the colours of the Leopold men’s and women’s teams, respectively. Their qualification, under a tourist visa, was contested by 11 clubs participating in the Honor Division Championships, men or women, arguing that the two Argentineans did benefit from remuneration or benefits in kind, which is prohibited by the sports regulations of the ARBH if the players do not have a proper employment contract.

Leopold thus lost 17 points in the men’s category and was relegated to 10th place in the standings and could not defend his chances for the title. The ARBH also decides that the semi-finals should start this weekend as planned with the program Braxgata against Racing and La Gantoise against Waterloo Ducks for men; and between Braxgata and La Gantoise on the one hand, and Racing against the Dragons for the ladies.

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