They have time till September 7 to exit the UK, with no chance of returning for 10 years
Tags: Jace van Dijk, Tony Duggan, Damien Quinn, Josh Hannay, Mark Dalle Court, Darren Mapp
19th August 2009: As many as six players, the skipper included, from Celtic Crusaders have been served with papers confirming they are illegally present in the UK. The group, all Australians, is expected to leave the country voluntarily, else their removal would be enforced.
They have also been banned from playing again for the club this season. They have time till September 7 to exit the UK, with no chance of returning for 10 years.
As per available information, the six, following a Government investigation, admitted lying in their visa application to enter and stay in the country. It is believed they hid their intention to play professional and semi-pro sport while applying for holiday and student visas.
Skipper Jace van Dijk, full-back Tony Duggan, half-back Damien Quinn, centres Josh Hannay and Mark Dalle Court and second-row Darren Mapp have all pleaded guilty.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: “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.” The government officials are also looking into any possible involvement of the Crusaders.