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UBC team forced to forfeit all season's victories

12/20/2011 06:25 EST | Updated 02/19/2012 05:12 EST

The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds football team has been forced to forfeit all of their 2011 season wins after admitting they used an ineligible player.

The player, who has not been named, was deemed ineligible because he played too many years of junior football before starting his university career.

Canada West, the association which regulates university athletic teams, said in a written release Tuesday that the ineligible player took part in eight regular season games and two playoff contests.

It was the school's mistake, not the player's, said UBC spokeswoman Theresa Hanson.

"The player was very upfront with providing the information and we gave him incorrect information, and so it's not about him,” Hanson said.

“This is an error that took place that we take full responsibility for, the particular player has been with our football program for the last three years and he's an admirable ambassador of the university."

As a result of the infraction, the Thunderbirds team will be fined $1,000 and will have to pay another $250 to cover the cost of the investigation. The team will also be placed on probation through the 2012-2013 season.

The team had one of its best seasons in years with a 6-2 record, which now registers as 0-8 after the forfeits. The season before, the team's record was 2-6.

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