Laurel youth football group files another appeal of ban

Alleged falsification of documents led to association suspension

April 29, 2003|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

The Laurel Football Association - which failed last week to win reinstatement into Anne Arundel County's youth football league - has filed another appeal of the ban that was imposed after association officials allegedly falsified player documents.

The county's Department of Recreation and Parks threw the association out of its league in January, saying that association board members, coaches, parents and players had repeatedly falsified paperwork during the past two seasons so ineligible players could compete. The fledgling football association appealed the sanction to the county Board of Appeals.

On Thursday, the board dismissed the association's appeal, ruling that it should have first requested a review by the recreation department appeals board - not the countywide appeals board.

In a letter dated yesterday, the Laurel association's lawyer filed for such a review.

Recreation department director Dennis Callahan told The Sun last week that his department would be willing to hear the appeal.

Laurel Football Association President Winston Lowe and attorney Raymond P. Kempisty contend that parents falsified documents without the knowledge of the association's board.

County officials have said that association leaders were behind the forged documents.

The 120-child association was formed by a group of Laurel-area parents before the county's fall 2001 season. They enrolled several teams in the county's football league for 6- to 15-year-olds.

During Laurel's two seasons in the league, county officials said, they discovered two forged birth certificates for Laurel players. In at least eight other cases, county officials said, they received documents intended to make it look as if out-of-county players lived within Anne Arundel.

The county requires that half the players on a team live within the county.

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