Greece suspended from RLEF

Greece have been suspended from the Rugby League European Federation following an investigation into the Hellenic Federation of Rugby League.

Greece have been suspended from the Rugby League European Federation.

The decision to impose an indefinite suspension followed a year-long investigation which included a fact-finding mission to Athens by Rugby League International Federation chief executive David Collier in February and culminated in an extraordinary general meeting of the RLEF which voted 33-1 in favour of the motion.

Officials concluded that Greece's governing body, the Hellenic Federation of Rugby League, had repeatedly misled the RLEF on financial matters and should be punished for "wilfully acting in a manner prejudicial to the interests of the RLEF and international rugby league".

"The RLEF felt it was important to impose special administrative measures to arrest further deterioration of the situation and rebuild the sport in Greece," said RLEF general manager Danny Kazandjian.

"The Hellenic Federation of Rugby League has not been expelled.

"We have briefed the Greek ministry of culture and will remain in contact with them as we introduce such measures that will contribute to a strong rugby league organisation there."

The RLEF say it has been monitoring events in Greece since last March, stemming from HFRL's lodgement of its annual membership audit.

In July a large number of local participants lodged a formal complaint against the HFRL and in October Malta followed suit after Greece's decision to forfeit their European Championship C match.

Source AAP

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