The league table has been updated to show a three-point deduction for Severn Stars following an inadvertent breach of regulation 18.104.22.168 during Round 5 of the Vitality Netball Superleague season.
The regulation that has been breached reads as follows:
1.1.3. Each Team is permitted to register a maximum of two (2) Foreign Players as Registered Players at any one time during the Playing Season. Foreign Players are not permitted as Training Partners.
22.214.171.124. A Team may not have more than one (1) Foreign Player within the attacking (GS or GA), midcourt (WA, C, WD) or defensive (GD or GK) positions. (Teams will need to define a Foreign Players positional coverage as part of their registration)
Following a disciplinary committee it was decided that although Severn Stars had not set out to intentionally break any regulations, it is important to uphold the integrity of the rules. After much consideration, the disciplinary committee issued the lightest of the options available.
A spokesperson for Severn Stars said: “We were disappointed to learn we have been deducted three points due to an error which occurred during a recent match against Manchester Thunder. Unfortunately, we positioned two overseas players in the same third of the court at the same time for a short period, in breach of Vitality Netball Superleague rules.
“We accept that an error was made and accept the decision of England Netball to deduct three points from the team. Now we are looking to concentrate on the rest of the season going forward.”
Severn Stars have been deducted three points and this is now reflected in the league table.