Under 25 Calder Cup and Top 10

Statement below released to answer the many questions that have been put forward by Association members. The investigation is still ongoing.

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Edinburgh and Leith Bowling Association

Ref Under 25 Team 23.08.2018

Below is a statement from the Association Committee explaining why the decision has been taken to withdraw from the Calder Cup and Top Ten 2018. On completion of the ongoing Investigation an update will be forwarded to the member Clubs.

E&LBA recently received a letter of complaint from Ayrshire BA regarding a posting on Instagram. The photograph showed an Ayrshire BA team shirt ripped in two with an abusive and insulting title below. The photograph was taken by a member of the E&LBA Under-25 team, shows another member in the background, and was sent from the account address of an E&LBA Under-25 player.

Faced with overwhelming evidence of serious misconduct the Committee appointed two members to investigate. Had the investigation identified the culprits then they could have been withdrawn from selection for the forthcoming Calder Cup team, and E&LBA could have taken part. Faced with intransigence and obfuscation from those members of the team who were approached for information, the investigators reported their lack of findings to the Committee. Given that the Ayrshire BA would be competing in the event and to avoid any escalation of the ill-feeling towards E&LBA, the Committee felt that they had little option other than to withdraw from the Calder Cup and Top Ten.

E&LBA would like to apologise for not informing member clubs about this sooner but had hoped to have the matter resolved quickly. Unfortunately, thanks to the lack of co-operation this was not possible.

The Committee have tried to act in the best interests of its member clubs in an effort to protect the good name and reputation of the Association.

Each member is deeply embarrassed by the affair.

E&LBA have apologised to Ayrshire BA and offered to pay for the damaged shirt.