Six Celtic Crusaders players are to be deported after immigration officials ruled they breached visa regulations,the UK Border Agency says visas used to bring some overseas players into the troubled Bridgend-based Super League side were insufficient.
The six players are Australians Darren Mapp, Mark Dalle Court, Josh Hannay, Jace van Dijk who is the club captain, Tony Duggan and Damien Quinn, who have been told they can no longer play for the Crusaders.The players are prohibited from working in the UK with immediate effect
Jace van Dijk
They have until Monday, 7 September to leave the country and are banned from the UK for 10 years. Each of them has the right to appeal, but they can only do so after leaving the country.
A UK Border Agency statement read: (quote) As the result of an intelligence-led investigation into possible immigration offences among players at Celtic Crusaders, we can confirm that six Australian nationals have been served with papers confirming that they are illegally present in the UK. We now expect these individuals to leave the country. If they refuse to do so voluntarily, we will enforce their removal. (end quote)