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UFL upholds Archers protest, grants forfeiture win

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By Kevin Estrada

MANILA--Green Archers United was given the best news before the club clashes with Loyola on Saturday in the UFL Cup.

The UFL upheld a protest filed by the team and gave the outfit a win by forfeiture after Global violated the league's foreign player rule. The league posted the updated standings late Thursday night.

The Archers filed a protest right after they lost, 1-2, against Global in which the teamsheet suggests that the 2011 Cup champion had one more foreign player in its matchday squad, a violation of league's five player-limit.

Global had Sudanese forward Izo Elhabib and Japanese midfielder Hikaru Minegishi as starters and had Trinidadian defender Sean Bateau, Serge Kaole, Koffi Kouassi, and Milan Nikolic on the bench in the Feb. 13 match with Archers, with the Ivorian netting the winner in the last minute.

With the forfeiture, GAU leapfrogs to second in Group B with six points above Loyola. GAU joins Ceres and Group A leader Stallion as the only unbeaten teams in the tournament.

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