Girl's team on sidelines

Politics may be behind a girl's soccer team not getting a chance at playoffs.

CTV Vancouver Island is reporting the under-15 Saanich Fusion squad learned they were banned last Thursday over allegations that a couple of players on the team were in breach of a league policy.

The rule limits the number of players who can be from out of the league's catchment area.

"It was heartbreaking, because we worked so hard to get to where we are as a team," said Fusion player Jillian McCue. "Having that taken away from us without any ability to point contradictions in the decision, it's just unfair and unethical."

Team coach Caelen Bright doesn't deny they may have violated the league's rules but calls the move overkill.

"From everything I've learned about this…politics is what's made this happen. There are ongoing politics in soccer in Victoria," said Bright. "Somehow this is the solution, is penalizing the players who have nothing to do with these politics."

She said the 16 girls on the team are devastated by the decision and feel "powerless" in the situation.

-with files from CTV Vancouver Island

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