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Following news of a full-contact game played in the 8v8 League between the Midlands Storm and the Leigh Miners on Saturday, league officials from the 8GL have released an official statement.

Surprisingly in the statement, the 8GL distance themselves from the activity and say that the event was not sanctioned by them. This is in direct contrast to what members of the 8GL had strongly professed in several comments made on the Gridiron Hub Facebook page posts about the game. Many of these comments have since been deleted by the authors.

The Midland Storm have now stepped away from the 8GL League!

The statement goes on to say that there will be discplinary action taken against those involved. The full statement can be found below.

8GL Official Statement

The 8GL have been made aware of an alleged eight verses eight American football game being played behind closed doors over the weekend (19th September 2020) which involved two of our member clubs.

We have been assured by all relevant parties that all insurance, risk assessments were in place and all COVID-19 safety checks and procedures were followed.

I can however confirm that this alleged event was not sanctioned by the 8GL and directly contradicts our return to action plan which we cannot and will not condone.

The 8GL return to play action plan will be published in due course.

The parties involved are now under internal investigation and have been requested to submit all paperwork, evidence, and personal statements to the 8GL by the end of the week (week beginning 21st September 2020). Any parties found guilty of breaking 8GL operational rules will face internal disciplinary action.

The 8GL will be making no further comment at this time.

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